The purpose of backup, and (of course – you guessed it) the GDPR

Towards the end of an otherwise thoughtful blog post by Mr. Backup (a.k.a. W. Curtis Preston) discussing the impact of the GDPR on backup data, the author offers some “scary news” by posing the question:

…what’s going to happen when you say to a data subject that it’s not technically possible to delete a given subject’s data out of the middle of a backup in the middle of a backup tape somewhere?

Here’s how I, Mr. Archive (a.k.a. Tim Williams) would have answered if I was the data subject in question…

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