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Computing and communicating through the Web makes it virtually impossible to leave the past behind. College Facebook posts or pictures can resurface during a job interview; a lost or stolen laptop can expose personal photos or messages; or a legal investigation can subpoena the entire contents of a home or work computer, uncovering incriminating or just embarrassing details from the past.Vanish is a research system designed to give users control over the lifetime of personal data stored on the web or in the cloud. Specifically, all copies of Vanish encrypted data ó even archived or cached copies ó will become permanently unreadable at a specific time, without any action on the part of the user or any third party or centralized service.For example, using the Firefox Vanish plugin, a user can create an email, a Google Doc document, a Facebook message, or a blog comment ó specifying that the document or message should "vanish" in 8 hours. Before that 8-hour timeout expires, anyone who has access to the data can read it; however after that timer expires, nobody can read that web content ó not the user, not Google, not Facebook, not a hacker who breaks into the cloud service, and not even someone who obtains a warrant for that data. That data ó regardless of where stored or archived prior to the timeout ó simply self-destructs and becomes permanently unreadable.
Gosh, I feel dirty and like I have been scolded!
Quote from: Paul. on 12/08/2009 23:33:38Gosh, I feel dirty and like I have been scolded!Why is that?
You bastard. You've dirtied Paul! 
Sounds good to me! When I'm done with this computer, I'll chuck a big sledgehammer on it.