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Keeping your personal info personal
Find out how to keep your details safe when you're using social networking sites.
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Millions of people all over the world use social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter and MySpace to meet, chat and message each other on line. But how safe is it to share personal information like this and how can you protect your privacy?
Whether you are using a networking site, internet dating or just chatting on a forum, the chances are you are putting personal information online. Once it’s out there you may not be able to control what happens to it. This could pose a risk to your privacy or even your personal safety.
So before you create a profile, post a picture or tell the online world what you’ve been doing, think about how to make sure you’re safe online.
The Data Protection Act Any website located within the European Economic Area (EEA for short) which collects information from you should be following the principles in the Data Protection Act. Among other things, this law means they must:
Bear in mind that websites located outside of the EEA are not obliged to follow these principles, and many data-collection websites don't meet the standards they claim to.
The following pages contain guidance on how to keep your personal information secure when using social networks, top tips about how to use privacy settings on websites, and links to further info.
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