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Tom Dubois

Worldwide Marketing Director, VASCO Data Security

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How aware/concerned are you about who has access to your TED profile data?

Not a day goes by without reading news about a new hack or security breach. Millions of online user accounts get compromised each year. ID theft is killing consumer confidence for e-commerce and online transactions... yet we all keep on merrily posting and sharing our personal data online, often without giving a second thought about who can access and (ab)use our data. In many ways ID theft is like cancer: we all agree that it's terrible... but we always think it's not going to happen to us.

When talking about securing your online data, It's all too easy to blame the application provider for not implementing sufficient security measures. It's a fact that we, as users, are as much to blame for the problem as the service/application provider. If we're honest we simply wouldn't use any online service if it required a highly complex yet secure login process.

So how do we break out of this loop and solve the problem? Well, before we can solve the problem, we need to be aware of it. Once we're aware of it, how willing are we to act and do something about it?
So hence my question goes: How aware/concerned are you about who has access to your TED profile data?

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  • Apr 7 2013: Yes, I am a little concerned about the access of outsiders to all the profile data stored in TED discussions. I would suggest that the TED management could set up a procedure that we should have a process that allows the discussant authors to be able to x out part of the information related to his/her personal data when s/he gets into, or reviews, the "My conversation". In other word, the authors should be given the privilege of editing his/her own data when gets into the listing in the "My conversation", at least after the "conversation" period expired. Even when the conversation is still in session, we could allow the author to modify or x out a limited portion of it as long as it really doesn't obscure the essential content of the posting.

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