BBC News is running an article about a social networking survey – Young warned over social web sites. The report highlights a concern that young people could damage their future careers due to what they post about themselves on the web. Irrational beings that we all are, I daresay managers would look favourably on someone with no history on the web. And yet, perhaps it is the hidden histories that people should become worried about in the future…

But, on a lighter note, it is great to see that those surveyed (two thousand 14 to 21-year olds) have their priorities in order. 71% said they would not want prospective colleges or employers doing a web search about them without first removing some material. (School computer classes evidently don’t teach much about data archives as well as data security here in the UK.) But a massive 95% were concerned about their details being passed on to advertisers.

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