With teenage children in mind, I wrote a blog piece recently about embarrassing pictures on Facebook and questioned whether this affects your personal PR, reputation and even job prospects. Thankfully, on this subject at least, the European Commission is seeing sense by suggesting that internet users have the right to delete embarrassing content from social networking sites.
Remember, remember: you might be able to scrub your own back-doorstep until it sparkles and shines, but don’t forget all those friends, and friends of friends, who have posted albums and tagged you. It’s still best to be mindful of the potential damage of being photographed under the table (or on the table) after six tequilas. And whilst some employers might turn a blind eye to youthful exuberance, not all will.
This is a proposed change; not one that is enforced yet.
This story is brilliantly summed up byBruno Waterfield of the Daily Telegraph and the full formal EU release is here.
I sincerely hope this legislation goes through.
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