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Sun 5 May 2013 13:30 BBC Radio 4

28 minutes
First broadcast:
Monday 07 January 2013

When Emma Barnett, a tech-savvy 27 year old typed her name into a search engine she found photos from her past she would really rather forget. And she is not alone; millions of people are sharing photos, tweets and status updates with friends every day - later discovering, regretfully, that they live online forever.

But with the European Union hoping to enshrine a "right to be forgotten" will it become possible to own your online life? On this journey Emma discovers what rights she has to delete material from the internet and the implications this has on how we record events and write history.

Producer: Clare Walker



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