Forget teens now

delly (1)A UK campaign has launched to promote the concept that kids should be allowed to delete their online past.

Dubbed “iRights”, its proposals allow for young people to be easily edit or delete content they have created online.

The plan is backed by Baroness Shields, the UK’s Minister for Internet Safety and Security. It is based on a report by the Children’s Commissioner for England.

As well as supporting children’s “right to be forgotten”, iRights says young people have a right to digital literacy and should be well informed about how their data might be used.

A host of companies and charities, including Barclays bank, the NSPCC and law firm Schillings, have signed up.

Baroness Shields said, “iRights gives a unique insight into how government can join with technology companies, civil society and business to make a better digital world for young people.

Rachel O’Connell, a government adviser and founder of Trustelevate.com, said the proposals largely represented EU laws that would come into force over the next few years.

O’Connell said young people were increasingly becoming wise to the need to protect their privacy and identify online.

“There is a movement among children and young people reclaiming what they can privacy, ownership of their body and images of them online,” she said.

Ian Walden, a legal expert at Queen Mary University of London, said companies often needed prompting before they took privacy issues seriously.

“Many of the companies out there that we know and love are making huge amounts of money from children,” he said.