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You’ve Been Googled

What’s the Verdict?

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“CONSUMERS ARE MOVING their lives online,” said Google’s former CEO Eric Schmidt in an interview with Fortune magazine. To put the Google chief’s statement into perspective, consider the bizarre story of Hasan Elahi and a life “gone online.”

Elahi, a Bangladesh-born U.S. citizen and a professor at Rutgers University, had an unexpected run-in with the FBI in 2002 just after returning from a trip to the Netherlands. He was arrested and detained at the airport in Detroit before learning that he’d been placed on an FBI terrorist watch list after someone sent a tip to the feds alleging that he was stashing explosives somewhere in Florida. Although Elahi was cleared in the subsequent ...

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