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Should social media users have the right to 'edit' their online histories, asks Emma Sheldon

24 August 2015

A new campaign, iRights, is calling for social media sites to incorporate a simple and accessible method to enable users under 18 to edit and/or delete any content they have uploaded. But are these rights already available to individuals under existing data protection legislation?

Outdated operating system

The existing Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA), was enacted before social media and user generated content were contemplated.

The EU acknowledges the current data protection regime is not sufficient or appropriate and is seeking to introduce a new regulation, including a 'right to be forgotten'.

Meanwhile, the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) is obliged to find a sensible way to interpret the DPA appropriately in a social media cont...

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