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This website will self-destruct...

Discussion in 'News' started by UKDarkstar, Aug 13, 2009.

  1. UKDarkstar
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    This website will self-destruct...

    Read it quickly: this article will self-destruct in eight hours.

    Not really, of course - but soon, permanently vanishing web correspondence could be the next step in maintaining your privacy online.

    Emails, Facebook messages, and Google Docs can all be set to disappear into thin air by using new software developed by the University of Washington and called, appropriately enough, Vanish.

    "We wanted to create a system that would allow our data to self-destruct and become permanently unreadable," assistant professor Yoshi Kohno, who designed the software, told the BBC's Digital Planet programme.

    "[This would be for] both to ourselves and everyone else after a certain period of time."

    Full story : here

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    1. wagnerk
      It's a bit like Mission Impossible :)

    2. JK2447
      I personally think the best way to achieve a reasonable level of privacy online, across the board from inept to adept users, is to take it out of our hands, and purge user information off periodically.

      It negates the need to educate users about online privacy and will no doubt be a winner for online businesses due to the reduced amount of web storage required at any one time.

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