Ollie North of Iran-Contra fame once said that he thought hitting F8 would delete an email. Nope.
“Criminal Records That Just Will Not Die,” Wall Street Journal, May 8, 2015 A3. Woman’s expunged arrest record still prevented her from getting subsidized housing. The company the landlord used for background screening reported the arrest even after it had been ordered expunged by the court.
Does information survive longer than you want it to? Is information hard to really delete? Who’s responsible for making sure the records are expunged from wherever they exist, especially when the court/state has sold those records to third parties? Who owns that information?