decluttering, in the Wall Street Journal
In today's Journal, there's a story on page B6 that has these lines in it:
But the mantra the industry is pushing is "if you don't need it, don't store it"... Mr. Ibrahim thought [it] might be useful down the road, but until then it just meant that he had to store it and keep it secure. "It was giving me a headache," he says. [He] doesn't miss it. "I'm a big believer that if I don't want something today I'm not going to store it," Mr. Ibrahim says. Rather than using it for some unknown . . . project in the future, by next year, he realizes, "I'm more likely to forget that I have it."
The "it" in question? Customers' credit-card numbers. Mr. Ibrahim is Chief Technology Officer Nick Ibrahim of Ruby Tuesday, which has started erasing credit-card data from its systems as soon as the transaction is processed.
That's the new trend in the credit business; credit-card issuers are pressuring businesses to delete the data.
But I thought it was sort of funny, to read Mr. Ibrahim's comments, which sound SO much like what we say here.