The government has said in a press release that ministers are calling youngsters to have the automatic right to demandthe deletion of pictures and information held about them online.Ministers are backing proposals for a string of internet rights for the under-18s to prevent them being embarrassed later on in life.
Indiscreet pictures or texts can blight job prospects, university offers or school places. However, even if potentially compromising content is deleted from a post, it can still turn up on search engines such as Google or on other websites. The former managing director of Google in Europe and one-time Facebook boss, Baroness Joanna Shields is to lead the new internet rights policy group.
The rights that businesses and groups are being urged to sign up to include giving every youngster the right to easily edit or delete all content they have created .
The move comes as the European Union also prepares to allow adults to demand any online images or text posted by them when they were under 18 be taken down. It will be known as the right to erasure
Under the UK plan, websites will be encouraged to have ‘delete buttons that young people will be able to use to request information about them be removed.