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 August 11, 2010  Featured News, Non-U.S., Online

Megan O’Toole reports:

A Vaughan, Ont., teenager convicted of careless driving after boasting online about his speeding exploits has become the latest cautionary tale for social media users.

Vladimir Rigenco, 19, found himself the target of a police probe several months ago, when a U.S. citizen called in a tip stemming from Mr. Rigenco’s post on an Internet forum for BMW fans. In it, the young man boasted about driving 100 kilometres per hour above the posted speed limit on Apple Blossom Drive, a residential road in Vaughan.

Now, Mr. Rigenco has been convicted, sentenced last week to a six-month driving prohibition and 12 months of probation. He must also complete a remedial driving program and pay a $1,000 fine.

Alan Ackerman, a expert in privacy and social media with the University of Toronto, said the young man’s “exhibitionistic comment” illustrates a fundamental knowledge gap about what is public and what is private.

Read more in the National Post.

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