Google Destroying Whatever Privacy You Thought You Had
from the and-like-that,-he's-gone dept
There’s a great part in the book High Fidelity, by Nick Hornby, where he talks about how exciting it was to meet people (mainly women) after going away to school. When you were a kid, everyone knew your past, your embarassing moments and other such things you want to forget. But, once you left that world, you could be anyone you wanted to be with any past. That might be changing. The NY Times (in their evil registration required way) has an article all about the ways in which Google has removed your last chance at anonymity. Your silly past (or, at least, the online parts of it) are there for anyone to dredge up and embarass you with. This also leads to various misconceptions and wrongfully attributed actions. Some people are even desperately wishing they had a more common name, with which to disappear into the data stream. Overall, though, I think the fear is overblown. If you did something online, you did it publicly, and there’s really no reason to be upset when Google finds it.