How can you be sure your data won't be sold when you go out for dinner?
Restaurants rely on third party technology to collect customer data as part of track and trace schemes, but some apps are reportedly selling your confidential information.
According to a recent report in The Times, there are ‘contact-tracing apps’ used by venues that are ‘harvesting’ customer data to sell on.
Bars and restaurants have duties in terms of contact tracing (to gather customer information and ultimately halt the spread of COVID-19), but private apps that claim to help are causing serious privacy concerns. With their QR codes gathering names, addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses, apps launched by some nefarious operators are well positioned to profit from the pandemic - and are selling confidential data to marketers, credit companies and insurance brokers, according to the report.
As well as selling on information, some of them ask users to consent to data being held for a massive 25 years. (The government guidelines say 21 days.)
It’s worth mentioning that these claims did not relate to the NHS COVID-19 app, which has been subject to much scrutiny of its own in the recent weeks since its long-anticipated launch.
Moai will keep you safe without stealing your data
With confidence in the government’s handling of the crisis at a low ebb, it is understandable that citizens may turn to private apps for contact tracing solutions. But, despite appearing safer than the pen-and-paper approach, not many of these snazzy apps offer any real security.
That’s where Moai is unique. Our entire philosophy is predicated on privacy: the app is totally secure and your data will never be sold, because we gather very little data in the first place, and it’s encrypted at all times. The app is not used to track people or collect personal data to sell to third parties, so you can be assured your details will not end up in the wrong hands. It works with NHS QR codes, and on any smartphone.
One less thing to worry about if you go out for dinner.