Your digital footprint

Your digital footprint: What is it?

Nearly everybody uses social networks now, but you must evaluate the information you put out there. Will it be relevant in a few years time?, is it accurate?, would you be happy for anyone to see it?, including prospective employers.

Your internet profile is also known as your digital footprint. Look at this video by Steve Johnston - it will give you some food for thought. A note of caution was raised by a recent case which shows the need for care. There is good advice on personal information safety on the site of the Information Commissioner's Office which is also where you can find information on the Data Protection Act and the Freedom of Information Act.

Your digital footprint can be your shop window, where you can showcase your achievements. However, if you get it wrong, it can work against you with future employers or even when you apply for a visa or some university courses!

Your foorprint can be much wider than just information on your web pages, it can extend to:

  • CCTV footage
  • your location, if you use GPRS on your phone
  • your movements through sites on the internet
  • your credit card details if you allow a site to store them

Let's look at this in some more detail.