Cabildo warning to older folk over false surveys
Tenerife Cabildo is warning that a survey is being circulated through social networks and whatsapp that relates, in a misleading way, to the department of social action asking wrongly for personal data from older people.
The caller does not explain, at any time, what this personal
information will be used for, in breach of the Organic Law on Data Protection
and putting at risk the people who are leaving such personal data on the internet.
Through this false survey, in which there is talk of an
alleged “future catalogue of activities” for older people, they are
asked to give such sensitive data as their ID number, their municipality of
residence, the name of the elderly centre or association to which they belong
and are even asked if they live alone, which constitutes, in addition to a
serious breach of regulations, a very important security risk.
“The Cabildo de Tenerife is concerned about the fact
that this false survey is being circulated and about the means of contact that
may be being used to spread it among the elderly population of Tenerife, as it
is unknown who is behind this practice and they could be making use of personal
phone numbers, since they are specifically addressed to older people, as shown
by the questions asked,” said a spokesman.
“The island corporation regrets that it could be
attempted to make fraudulent use of the personal data of the elderly, making it
believe that the data they offer, without any protection, will serve for a
future programme of activities for the elderly, taking advantage of good faith
of people. Therefore, it encourages all those who consider their rights to be
violated so that their personal data is protected to take the actions they deem
The Data Protection Law establishes that if a survey
requests any type of personal information, the explicit consent of the person
who will answer it must be obtained, inserting a specific question that
explains the type of data that will be collected and what it will be used for.
People must expressly accept the transfer of such personal data.