- Camino(s) past & future
- April (2015) SJPdP to SdC; Porto to SdC April (2016)
This forum has had many posts from people asking members to participate in their surveys for academic purposes and many of us are happy to do so, but I think that perhaps there needs to be guidelines or basic requirements for the use of the forum by people soliciting what might turn out to be personal information. I say this because I received an email this week from a budget hotel company in the UK, whose accommodation services I have used for many years. They were informing me that their systems had been hacked and although financial details had not been compromised, email addresses had been accessed and that I should look out for any abnormal activity in my email account in the future. I read somewhere else that, in fact, date of birth and names had been accessed. Data mining (collection) is a lucrative business and the unscrupulous will try any way to get us to part with the information they can sell on to others. This post is not aimed at being alarmist, just asking if anyone thinks that we need to do more here to ensure that only genuine researchers/students etc., people with no financial objectives, are using the forum to collect info.