These Teenagers May Finally Gain the Right to Delete their Online History
British teens just might earn the legal right to take down their embarrassing selfies forever.
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We all make mistakes. But teenagers, well—they make a lot a lot of mistakes—especially when they publish something on the internet. Recently, the British government decided they wanted to ameliorate the situation, and introduced a bill that would enjoin tech companies to allow teenagers to (finally, for good) delete their online histories.
Led by the iRights campaign, organizers and advocates expressed concern that teenagers’ comments on Facebook could later come back to haunt them. Many jobs do look at people’s online profiles, and often discover material users thought to have deleted. And while most of us have committed the sin of a “caps lock political rant” or “melancholic selfie series,” teenagers—immature and often careless—are especially at risk of the error.
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Currently, California’s Eraser Law compels companies to give teenagers the right to delete their social media histories. Other states, unfortunately, have not followed suit, and there’s no federal plan in the works. Still, the United Kingdom’s move is a good one. Until America catches up, millennials across the states will live in terror that their Friendster, MySpace, or Geocities page—just might show up.