Be careful about submitting personal information to websites
Alert Priority High
26 August 2015
Concerns over protecting personal information provided to websites have come into focus due to the reported hack of a dating website and the subsequent release of user data into the public domain.
You are advised to carefully consider the consequences of disclosing personal information, such as your name, address and credit card details, to any website. You should read websites’ terms and conditions as well as their privacy policies and consider the potential risks before submitting your data. These risks could include potentially embarrassing public disclosure, financial loss or identity theft.
If you choose to provide personal information to websites:
Do your research and shop around—for example, check online for reviews or comments about the website or business behind it
Only deal with trusted or reliable websites
Check the terms and conditions of using the website, in particular how it deals with personal information
Be aware that the website may retain personal information even if profiles are deleted from view
Do not provide more personal information than is strictly required by the website
Keep records of all interactions with the website
If the website requires you to make a payment, only pay via a secure web page that has a valid digital certificate