the staff of The Ridgewood Blog
Ridgewood NJ, Why is the Ridgewood Library using an unsecured gmail account (firstname.lastname@example.org) in connection with registration for teen/youth programs? And why is the Library asking for very personal information to register for selected teen/youth programs?
Data being requested for program registration includes name of participant, home address, home phone number, email address, birth date (DOB), place of birth, other places of residence, grade in school, name of school, hobbies & interests, and more.
Who has access to this email account, who has access to the senders’ data input, and how is the collected information being secured by the Library? Why isn’t an email address associated with a secure government maintained server/domain name being used?
Finally, wouldn’t all submitted data (e.g., your child’s DOB, hobbies & interests), be available to anyone (yes, anyone) via an Open Public Records Request since it’s being collected by a governmental agency?