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Sharing and online social behaviour

What you post online and in social media reach the rest of the world in a matter of seconds, has an infinite audience and can never be removed. It can be copied and downloaded anywhere by anyone. You have lost control of it forever.

The right to freedom of expression pertains to everyone - also online. Previously, information that was to be published was controlled by editors who were familiar with the legislation restricting the freedom of expression. On Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, blogs, etc., you are your own editor. This presupposes, among other things, knowledge about what is illegal and awareness in relation to who you represent.

You are responsible for what you post. Consider whether you might end up regretting it. There is no "undo button" on the Internet.

Rules about sharing and online social behaviour at OsloMet.

Questions you should ask yourself:

  • Do I want to share this with the rest of the world, forever?
  • Role: am I acting on behalf of myself or OsloMet? Is it clear to the outside world who I represent?
  • Protection of personal information: does it contain information about myself which may be misused by others or which may impair me, my reputation or my opportunities in the future?
  • Confidentiality requirements: does it contain confidential information, e.g. sensitive personal data? If so, it should never be posted.
  • Personal data: does it contain personal information about others, such as pictures of specific persons? Have they given me their permission to post it?
  • Defamation: does it contain accusations, criticism or statements about other people or organisations? Is this acceptable given the context?
  • Copyright: does it contain text, images or anything else created by others? Do I have the permission to publish it?

General advice and tips

  • Use the privacy settings in the services and pay attention – they change frequently
  • Assess the requests you receive, some may try to trick you.

Advice and tips for the health and care service and the education sector

Think twice before disclosing stories about patients/ students. Even in an anonymised form, distinctive characteristics can make people recognisable. You are advised not to mix your roles, e.g. to have personal relationships with patients / their relatives or students / guardians on social media. Read more below:

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