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.
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:
- Protection of personal information in research.
- Protection of personal information in the treatment of research participants.
- Protection of personal information in the treatment of patients.
More about the topic
- Social media and protection of personal information (datatilsynet.no) (in Norwegian only)
- Broschure about social media and safety (nsm.no) (in Norwegian only)
- De nye publisistene (feature story in Dagbladet by Jon Wessel-Aas) (in Norwegian only)
- Pubertalt og ikke særlig professoralt (article in Aftenposten about HiOA) (in Norwegian only)
- Big Data - kartlegging av våre følelser ved hjelp av twittermeldinger (article in Aftenposten May 1st, 2013) (in Norwegian only)