An Undo Button for Online Privacy

A new online privacy law in California requires websites to allow monitors to take down embarrassing posts and photos, reports the CS Monitor.

Our expert Dan Draz weighs in on this privacy development, sharing his unsuccessful attempts to keep his address hidden online.

Internet fraud expert Daniel Draz tells a personal story of how hard it is to undo anything on the Internet. For 18 years, he tried to keep his address secret to protect his family from people he has sent to prison. But after he moved to Illinois, he found his address on the Internet, probably posted innocently through change-of-address forms at his real-estate company. When he tried to get the address removed, he was sent nine pages of forms with 20 spaces for company names per page.

“I finally gave up, because, even after all that, there was no guarantee these companies would agree to delete my address,” he says.

With regard to removing Facebook photos, he says, “Even if it does get removed from the host site, the number of other commercial sites that have grabbed it in an information-sharing-type arrangement with other sites where they get feeds means that the image is still out there despite what the host is required to do by law.

Read more about the new law and what it means for online privacy and fraud on CSMonitor.com.