For more and more people one’s own reputation on the net is becoming essential. Negative information about themselves and their own names can quickly affect both professional and private life. Therefore, it is important to know what is published on the net about one’s own name. The first impression usually counts. In order to protect one’s own reputation it should be regularly checked what – e.g. potentially harmful – information about one’s own name is available on the net.
According to the latest study conducted by the Pew Research Centers, 56% of Internet users have already searched for themselves online: they regularly enter their names into search engines such as Yasni or Google to get an overview of their digital footprints.
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There is no doubt about the importance of a good reputation. It is important for your private life as well as for your job and career. In this context, the Internet can both be helpful and damaging. On one hand, negative information about oneself can hardly be deleted from the net, because there is no right to be forgotten on the Internet. On the other hand, the own professional development can be supported in a positive way with the help of the Internet, for example through appropriate measures of self-portrayal.
But how can you maintain your good reputation? The good reputation is not limited to the Internet, but also applies to the professional life and even to your love life. Regarding the love life, a good reputation certainly is beneficial.
An important statement has been currently made by U.S. scientists, more specifically by anthropologists from the University of Missouri:
„If you wish to have a good reputation, then help more people. Don’t help one and the same person too often.” Continue reading Maintain Your Good Reputation
Anyone, who publicly posts statements on the Internet that are intended for the general public cannot assert a right to be forgotten afterwards. However, should the Internet “learn” to forget, when the term “digital eraser” was chosen as non-word of the year several months ago? Even if a forced deletion of information would restrict communication, transparency, and the availability of information?
The question whether there is a right to be forgotten on the Internet will now soon be brought before the courts in the EU. The European Court of Justice will hear the case of a Spanish man who urges Google to erase his name from its search index. A controversial topic in which the Google’s position is clear: The search engine giant does not consider itself responsible for negative or inappropriate information from a person’s past and, therefore, won’t delete it from the Internet. Google sees itself as host of information, not controller or publisher.
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