IT Security at TCD in the news

During IT Security week (26-30 January 2015), we posted a news items to our wesite each day that offered tips and guidance on the latest IT Security developments.

To mark inerenational Data Protection Day on 28th January , there was an exciting panel discussion in the Synge Theatre – What does the internet say about you?  Held in conjunction with Information Compliance and the Science Gallery, this event was aimed at raising awareness and educating individuals on their rights and responsibilities with regard to collecting, storing and processing personal data.

In addition to the panel discussion, a giant QR code was projected onto the Nassau Street entrance to College.  Over 100 people scanned the code and were asked a sequence of questions requesting personal data ranging from name, gender, email address to more sensitive data such as date of birth, occupation and credit card details.

Without any idea of what their information would be used for or where it was going to end up, 90% of participants volunteered their name and gender while a shocking 27% of participants answered the request for details of medical conditions and their credit card number.  While this exercise was for deomonstrative purposes only, it could easily have had a more sinister agenda.  The moral of the story is to think before you click!

Read more about the QR code in the press here:

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