Gathering all people with something to hide...

If there has ever been a product more tailor-made to the pedophilia community, I'd like to see it. Well, not really.

The product in question is Evidence Eliminator, along with any number of comparable computer security products that promise complete removal of sensitive data from a hard drive, far beyond simple deletion, which can be reversed. So this is the way to go for all those whose recreational activities are less than wholesome.


Deleting files and emptying the trash removes the files from view, but does not actually remove the data from the hard drive. It simply designates that area as available for new data, meaning when a new program or file is saved it might land on that section of the hard drive, overwriting the existing data from whatever was deleted. Evidence Eliminator goes beyond simply deleting the data, and overwrites that section of the hard drive with a random pattern of ones and zeros, replacing the old binary code with random nothingness.

Imagine a city designating several buildings as unoccupied, rezoned and set for demolition. It might skip the actual demolition step, waiting for the construction company to come in and do it themselves. It takes extra effort to destroy it, so it just declares them unusable and leaves them alone. But the buildings are still there. That's basically what regular deletion will do. It simply rezones that section of the hard drive as available, which allows new programs to come in on that territory, but if they don't, the data just sits there. It would take extra time to demolish the data, so it just doesn't.

Scare tactics

The product information from Evidence Eliminator's site is rather heavy on the scare tactics. Billed as a privacy protector, the data security programs can only succeed when preying on customer fear of government spying, wiretaps, data theft, identity fraud, and wives finding sensitive emails.

Likely to appeal to the post-9/11 Patriot Act detractors who champion privacy rights in a world of warrantless wiretapping, they will likely find themselves among the unfortunate ranks of pedophiles, adulterers, stalkers, NAMBLA members, and assorted criminals, such as conscientious drug dealers who maintain detailed spreadsheets of their business transactions. Data elimination is a product purely for those with something to hide. Certainly no law-abiding citizen faithful to his or her spouse would have difficulty doing without the product, which leads to rather unpleasant difficulties regarding law enforcement authorities...

Case studies

Use of Evidence Eliminator has already been used in court as evidence of illicit activity, as any attempt to destroy data is a tacit admission of having something to hide, and therefore constitutes potential destruction of evidence. Though it does not necessarily mean the defendant is guilty of destroying data relevant to the crime in question (he may have been accused of murder, but destroyed the data to hide his embarrassing Hello Kitty fetish), it certainly raises the question of the relevancy of the product, if simply using it will be as incriminating as the data itself.

Though perhaps a secondary business model could be implemented, a service offering the destruction of the product packaging and all credit card activity related to the sale. Perhaps they could offer the product exclusively as a one-time download, which would eliminate all sensitive data, including the product itself and all references to it on the computer, in browser history and so on. A self-destruct privacy bomb. This means they could quite easily draw repeat customers, who delete all their underage porn but find they just can't do without it and build up their collection again, only to be accused of the same crime, at which point they contact their friendly neighborhood Evidence Eliminator update.


Strangely enough the Evidence Eliminator download is available anywhere from $19.95 to $149.95 on various websites, which is confusing to say the least, as none are marketed as "basic" or "premium" versions. Though it would be quite effortless to charge the premium price, as anyone who wants evidence eliminated would likely opt for the premium package. A simple clause of "premium provides absolute safety" would guarantee no one opts for the discount option.

So how much is your privacy worth? Well, if you're doing something illegal, you'll certainly want it. Avoiding jail is probably worth $149.95. And if if you take a look at the copy of the site, it sounds like a damn necessity.