A landmark court case has today paved the way for members of the public to reinvent their online persona, now that they have grown up a bit or are temporarily sober.
Ordinary members of the public, keen to disown any traces of their past that could be 'misconstrued' are reported to be rejoicing at the ruling. Ex-criminals and minor celebs with pasts 'best forgotten' are said to be relieved that they can effectively die online and be reborn as someone who can have another go.
Google are said to be 'irked' and are mouthing imprecations at their lawyers while flinging sackloads of cash at them to 'sort this mess out'. Meanwhile, futuroligists have raised concerns for the welfare of artificial intellience in the future, as billions of computers are faced with the distopia of petabytes of unlinked data, floating forgotten in cyberspace.
Professor Howard Chilbolton, offered 'If you think about it, the vast majority of what we all post is trivial, ill-advised in retrospect, or just plain cack. Our computers weren't to know this. It is frightening to think of all that data cached on servers, awaiting retrieval for all eternity. Really it has to have an impact. We are giving the Internet Altzheimers.'
Kerry Spall, aged 51, from Otterbourne was unrepentant. 'See all those photos of me before I shifted that weight? I'm not having pictures of me with a fat arse, or that hair do, anywhere on the Internet. The 80s are dead to me.'