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Personal Privacy

The ability to be able to control what personal information you send out over the Internet or the personal information about you that you allow other people to access.

How does it work?

Some web sites use encryption technology to ensure that all communications between you and the web site remain confidential. You can tell when the information is encrypted when you see a pad-lock in the browser window frame and when the web-site address begins with https.

Some web-sites send your computer information when you are visiting that site and your computer can send the information back to the website when requested. This is how the web-site “remembers” you when you return, the information sent to you is known as a “cookie” and it can be used to remember information about you such as user names, preferences, account details and so on. Most web browsers allow you to block or allow cookies.

What risk does it pose?

By not controlling how and who you send personal information to, you increase the risk of someone stealing your identity.

What to do?

Always ensure that when submitting personal or financial information to a web site that the web site address begins with https.

Make sure that the website you are dealing with has an up to date privacy policy and ensure that you are happy with the terms and conditions within it.

Ask the website owner how they handle your personal information after the transaction / account with them has finished.

Never respond to any unsolicited email or phone calls requiring personal information.

Never send personal or confidential information in an email.

Be wary of websites you hand over your personal details to. Try to ensure that you get a reference about a website before you trust them. Use only reputable and known brands.

Top Tips

Be suspicious of any emails / websites offering something too good to be true; it probably is.

Monitor your bank account / credit card statements regularly and report any suspicious activity immediately.

Always ensure that any information is securely erased from old computers / phones /PDA before giving them away / disposing of them etc.