On Saturday, 'The Glass Room Experience' initiative was launched at the Forum in Geeseknäppchen, as part of Luxembourg's 'BEE SECURE' campaign.
BEE SECURE is a joint initiative by the Ministry of the Economy and Foreign Trade, the Ministry of Family and Integration, and the Ministry of Education and Vocational Training. Its aim is to raise awareness about the safe usage of new information and communication technology, in general.
It is a project funded, in part, by the European Commission and also serves as Luxembourg's centre of awareness, within the pan-European Insafe network.
The Glass Room Experience is based on a concept that has already proved successful in both New York and London. The aim, of what is essentially an interactive exhibition, is to present the topic of data protection in an exciting manner, while still being informative.
In a world in which we are all constantly connected, we can very easily lose perspective of our online presence. Furthermore, it is not always apparent or transparent to us, exactly who is collecting data about us and what is being done with this data. According to Jeff Kaufmann of BEE SECURE, the collation of data is not just limited to smartphones and computers anymore. Our data can also be collected by third parties through satellites, cameras and from our shopping habits when we use our credit cards.
Even something as seemingly innocent as a selfie can generate information about us. With the advance of modern technology, like picture or face-recognition, our data can be excavated and analysed very easily. The more sophisticated software systems begin to recognise who we are and can collate information about us via our Google accounts or through any of our other social networks. Mark Shillitoe, a media teacher, explained that this is how a more complete profile of who we are as people is created.
Most of the time, the type of information that is gathered about us is the type of information that can be used for marketing purposes. Unfortunately, there is no easy way to ensure that our data is 100% safe these days.
For anyone who would like to educate themselves further on how to better protect their data, they can call the helpline or drop in to the Bee Secure office for helpful tips and tricks. Details can be found hereunder.
BEE SECURE Helpline
BP 35 L-5801 Hesperange (Hesper)
+352 8002 1234
Monday to Friday: 09:00 - 12:00 and 14:00 - 17:00
Saturday and Sunday: Closed