Oh dear. Personally, I blame Ollie. If it wasn’t for his internet safety evening, I would probably be totally relaxed, stress-free and friends with everyone. As it is, I’ve become embroiled in an argument with a sport’s Governing Body about personal information from their membership database that they are making freely available online, information that is currently available to view without any sort of password protection. It is an argument that is on the verge of escalating out of control.
I’ve been dealing recently with membership from our club, since our membership secretary moved away, and I knew that I could go online to check membership numbers. But what I only noticed recently was that all the numbers are hyperlinked and when you click on one it takes into another screen containing a lot of personal information. To remove your information, you have to register an email address. When I retrieved my jaw from the desk, I started asking around to see how many people knew about this. So far, I haven’t found anyone, and the arguments began. And while I managed to get my information hidden, I haven’t yet managed to take down my sons’ as they don’t have email addresses registered.
I’m sure I’ll tell you more about this in a while but for the moment I would be very interested to know what information you would be happy for an organisation to put online about a) yourself and b) your children. So there’s a little quiz below. As I haven’t mastered the art of those fancy quizzes where you click a box and it’s anonymous, perhaps you could reply in the comments box: Q1 Yes; Q2 No; Q3 Yes/No/Maybe/It depends sort of thing. And no, not all the information displayed below has been publicised – I would hate to bias you before I start!
Don’t worry, I won’t treat this as anything statistically signficant. Or even significant. All I really want is a measure of my paranoia and to decide whether or not I should let it drop.
So, what information about a) you and b) your children would you be happy for a sports body to put in public on the web?
1. Family name
2. Given name
3. Name known by (eg Given name Rebecca, known as Becky)
8. Year of birth
9. Date of birth
10. Name of Club
11. Club code (specific to organisation)
Are there any particular combinations you’d be happy with? Not happy with? What if it was password protected?
Would you just not be bothered?
Please, please answer in the comments box. As anonymously as you like. 🙂
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