Published on January 27th, 2012 | by Bilal Sulehri9
Alert: Zong Beauty Contest – Don’t Share Your Data!
Zong has recently started a beauty contest on its Facebook Page. There are two categories for contestants i.e. married and unmarried. Three prizes per category will be distributed.
But if you look in the details, it is evident that you should think twice before submitting your snaps and sensitive information. Your snaps can be downloaded by anyone!
To participate in the contest, anyone can send their photo to firstname.lastname@example.org or upload it directly on Facebook. The page is receiving massive response right from start of the competition. The prizes to be won are as follows:
Another point worth noting is the absence of judgement criteria and the judges in the rules pertaining to this competition. Moreover, the last point in the rules states that:
The information you provide will only be used by and for Zong
Couple it with another point in the rules
Also send your contact number, house address and city name in the email
The issue arising from these two statements is that privacy of contestants’ data cannot be assured as it is being sent to an email id which is on a free email service instead of a corporate Zong Email.
Moreover, the Zong landing image for this contest (inserted above) asks participants to send pics on Zong page or email, so even if a contestant uploads a pic on the page it may land in wrong hands.
Think twice before giving away your snaps and sensitive credentials for the small gifts on offer.
Such negligence on the page of a corporate company is unheard off, here are some suggestions for Zong’s marketing team to ponder on:
- Rules regarding any competition should be carefully drafted
- Corporate email id (email@example.com) should be used to ensure credibility
- Only the winning contestants should have been asked to disclose such their credential details for delivery of prizes
- Judging criteria and judges should be made clear