Leeds-based online reputation management experts Igniyte offered advice to Coronation Street on a recent storyline featuring Dev Alahan and his daughter Asha.
The episode last Friday (May 29th) featured Dev, played by Jimmi Harkishin, approaching a reputation management company to ask for advice and help on how to keep his daughter safe online.
Inappropriate videos of Asha had appeared online and Coronation Street researchers wanted to ensure that they were able to offer a realistic portrayal of how families would be able to get the images removed.
“Igniyte often gets approached by individuals on how they would be able to get images removed from Google, referred to as the Right to Be Forgotten,” said Simon Wadsworth, founder of Igniyte.
“Under GDPR, an EU citizen can request that information can be deleted if it fulfils the criteria such as if it is no longer relevant, revenge porn, or if the information belongs to a child. Companies like Igniyte has specialists that can offer advice and can help submitting a removal request.
“Google’s Right to be Forgotten is concept that people have the right to request that personal information, videos or images should be removed from the internet so that they cannot be found in search engines or for searches under an individual’s name.
“At a time where young people are more exposed to the internet and the dangers this can pose, it is important we do everything we can to protect them.
“By understanding what can and can’t be done with information online, it will give everyone control over their reputation online going forward. Images, negative content and social media posts can have long-term impact on our teenagers’ lives.”