Scotland

Police chief Phil Gormley internet safety reviewed

Phil Gormley Image copyright PA

Security has been tightened on the internet profile of Police Scotland's chief constable after his personal Facebook page was found to be open to the public.

Phil Gormley's page included details of loved ones, friends and holiday plans, the Scottish Sun reported.

His wife, daughter, her boyfriend, nephews and nieces were identifiable from posts, the newspaper said.

Mr Gormley's Facebook page now appears to have been deleted.

Ch Supt Paul Main said: "Mr Gormley's social media profile has been reviewed and assessed and appropriate steps taken to ensure the privacy and safety of his family and friends."

Safety advice

Police Scotland's advice on staying safe on social media states: "Social networking can be used for harmful or criminal purposes. Take some sensible precautions.

"Since users access these sites from their own homes, they can sometimes forget that the internet is really a public space.

"This means they can be tempted to share more information than is sensible or safe, or to act in ways they may not do normally.

"Pick a user name that doesn't include your real name or hint at your date of birth or where you live.

"Make your profile private. Limit the amount of personal information you make available online."

Image caption The Police Scotland website offers advice on social media security

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