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Tuesday, 24 April 2018 15:39

Why the Internet is an Elephant

Proverbially at least, elephants never forget. Neither does the Internet.

Once information is out there, you must assume it will always be out there, and that deleting it at its source may make no difference.

A recent article on the Equifax hack suggested that apart from violating the principle of keeping other people’s data confidential, the Equifax breach may not have done much real damage after all.

The contention is that the personal data was already available to any one willing to pay for it, from other organisations on the web. Is that true and if so, what can enterprises and individuals do about it?

If the internet is so transparent, the first rule about data must be the same as the one for gambling and stock market investments: never put up more than you can afford to lose.