Because freedom can't protect itself
i think that catallogueing mistakes is like saying "you will always be this kind of person." yet people change all the time. if you commit a crime in high school, that doens't mean you're going to do it again as a 25 year old. yet even when you're 25 the mistake in the past will affect you forever. it's ridiculous.
Unfortunately every one has electronics records about themselves. From school, health, criminal, civil, credit card, etc. While it would be good not to have your records out there, you would have to shut down the whole internet etc and that is not going to happen.
It has been my experience that wether you commit a crime at 17, 29, 39 and you pay for your mistake it is up to you to acknowledge what you have done. If you are up front with someone 9 times out of 10 it works for your benefit.
I think the main concern here is not just that the information is being collected - this has always been done - but that, with the rise of networked database storage, the information can be shared with others easily, without your permission and knowledge, and without any chance for you to correct and/or amend inaccurate, false, or misleading data.
I believe efforts should be focused not on preventing the collection of information but on establishing policies requiring permission to be granted for most types of disclosure; requiring a record to be kept of who accesses the information about you and allowing you to have access to that record; and providing an opportunity to correct or expunge inaccurate, false, or misleading entries. Once these policies are in place, there should also be harsh penalties for any violation.
In our modern society it is becoming all too easy to dig up dirt on anyone and legally smear their name with outdated or inaccurate information about them that has become part of the public record, and this can have real consequences as far as access to employment, housing, etc. as well as damage to friendships and family relationships. In an ideal world, people would base their judgments on a personal knowledge of you as an individual, however as any perusal of supermarket gossip magazines reveals, many of us do not follow that rule!
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