In the Scarlet Letter, Hester is forced to wear an "A" on her clothing for the rest of her life to present herself as an adulteress to the public. Throughout history, people have been branded with symbols or tattoos in order for them to be associated with a particular group. For example, concentration camp victims were tattooed with numbers for identification purposes, so whenever someone saw this mark on someone, they knew that the person had been to a concentration camp. Therefore, the idea of flaunting a particular characteristic of a person through a symbol or mark on their body is still practiced in modern society, whether it be willing or unwilling, and it continually presents a problem due to the fact that it invades the privacy of these people.
The internet is an example of a modern-day scarlet letter. Almost any information you are searching for can be found on the internet, including prison records, past convictions, you name it. This can pose a serious threat to some people. If someone wants to see if a particular person was arrested sometime in their life, they would most likely find it on the computer. Consequently, nothing can be hidden from anyone mainly because of the internet. For instance, Facebook provides colleges with a direct source to students' social life. Even if you delete a picture from your profile, colleges still have to ability to find that photo and discover more about you to aid in the decision of whether or not to accept you into their college. While Hester was unable to hide almost any aspect of her social life from the public life, people today similarly struggle to keep their personal information hidden from the public eye, and a huge reason for this issue is because the internet displays information about almost everything.