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This Tape Will Self-Destruct in Five Seconds -- Self-Destructing Digital Data

by Philip H. Cohen
Greenberg Traurig, LLP - New York Office

Adam B. Landa
Greenberg Traurig, LLP - Orlando Office

August 13, 2009

Previously published on August 2009

Last week, we went back to the future as several articles surfaced about Vanish, a technology to automatically render electronic data unrecoverable at a specified time in the future. Vanish is designed to enhance a user¿s privacy by creating data that will automatically self-destruct at a specified time in the future, making later recovery of the data essentially impossible by the user, by Google, by a hacker that breaks in, or even by someone with a warrant for the data. The data essentially self-destructs and becomes permanently unreadable.


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