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Electronic footprint 'could jeopardise future career'

27/11/2007

Millions of young people throughout the UK could be damaging their future career prospects as well as risking identity fraud with their online footprint, new research reveals.

A new survey from the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) has found that 71 per cent of young Brits would not want a college, university or potential employer to conduct an internet search on them and access their profiles on social networking sites.

Almost six in ten internet users are unaware that the information they display online may be accessible in the future.

David Smith, deputy commissioner for the ICO, 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 education institutions and employers using the internet as a tool to vet potential students or employees," he warned.

However, more and more sectors - such as the legal profession and the Big Four consultancies - are setting up online networking sites to promote internal communication and recruitment within the industry. ADNFCR-1196-ID-18371602-ADNFCR


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