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Graduates warned over Facebook content

Published: Friday, 23 November 2007   Category: Graduate Job sector Reports

Graduates and other young people looking for jobs have been warned by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) that posting personal information on social networking sites such as Facebook could put their future careers at risk.

The ICO say that writing on an internet blog creates an electronic record that can be seen by potential employers for years to come, which could damage their careers.

David Smith, the ICO deputy commissioner said: "Many young people are posting content online without thinking about the electronic footprint they leave behind. The cost to a person's future can be very high if something undesirable is found by the increasing number of educational institutions and employers using the internet as a tool to vet potential students or employees."

A survey conducted by the ICO revealed that a third of 14 to 21 year-olds have never read the privacy policies attached to social networking websites.

The research also showed that six out of ten people did not realise that their online details were accessible years after they were entered.

Facebook has recently come under fire from the ICO because users are not able to delete their accounts, only deactivate them.

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