Future employment risk from Facebook

Why that lunchtime Facebook fix could harm your future career

Facebook could harm your future career prospects, according to the independent personal data watchdog, Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).

A survey for the ICO discovered most Facebook fans hadn’t taken into account the fact their blogs, pictures and messages would be available for future employers to access online for years into the future, despite the fact that 70% said they wouldn’t want their bosses to read what they currently write.

‘Many young people are posting content online without thinking about the electronic footprint they leave behind,’ notes David Smith, the ICO’s deputy commissioner.

‘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.’

To help young people understand more about the potential problem, the ICO has produced a new guide giving tips about protecting your identity online. Click here now to read it.

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