Deb Rebel wrote:Back in the late 90's, I was on a forum that got a lot of the same questions every week. We were plagued with teens as well (some would get a virus and refuse to get off and clean it up so we'd have to lock them out to get them to clean up, then they'd manage to get back on and scream about it for a week....). I set up a bare bones website, full of content and pictures, to help with not having to answer that same question 85 times that week. The forum host said they were pushing 2gb bandwidth and looking at affording more, and after that site went up traffic dropped to 800mb ...
Someone had some content and agreed to have it linked, the link was done. Then they did a search on themselves and guess what, the site came up. It was about keeping gerbils... and on the site was two pictures of gerbil bottoms so you could tell if you had a boy or a girl. Nothing strange or weird, two simple pictures presented as reference material. Amongst a LOT of other things. They took offense to having their name linked to the site because of those pictures. Those were there when they agreed to the link. They DEMANDED I take the link off immediately. I told them I would but that the stuff was cached (it had been a week between link and demand) and it wasn't going to go away. I took the link down. The search still brought up the site and the significant other threatened me with a lot of stuff. I pointed out one more time, I took the link down but. The way the internet worked, it'll be there forever and there was nothing I could do to undo it. I undid the bit I could control. I never heard from them again. The site is still out there, somewhere. You can still find it. I tried, just now, to look up the person. The site still comes up for that person. It's been about 20 years. I'm not kidding.
When it goes onto the internet, it stays on the internet.
Mart Hale wrote:
I was watching a youtube video of a guy who collected BBS data ( bulletin board dialup days ) he even sold the data. Yes the info does not go away, look at the wayback machine you can visit sites back in time and look at old data.