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So we can't rely on Aweb to keep our names private

So we can't rely on Aweb to keep our names private

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I have just been notified by a good friend on here that my name is not showing as Moonbeam any more. I have made some adjustments to preserve my anonymity but am very angry indeed that I was not warned in advance.

It's not enough to have a rubbish website to post to - we now have to assume that those who maintain the website have no interest whatsoever in looking after the people who register. I wonder if it is a data protection issue. There's probably a getout clause somewhere.

It's bad enough dealing with HMRC and assuming they aren't interested in doing the right thing or amending their dodgy software. Aweb seems to be going the same way.
 

 

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By Weald Accountant
23rd Jan 2017 11:03

It now shows 'Moonbeam' again.

WA.

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By stepurhan
23rd Jan 2017 11:05

I'd be surprised if it was possible to have a getout clause from the Data Protection Act.

Even if there was, such a disclosure sounds in breach of the sites own privacy policy.

https://www.accountingweb.co.uk/privacy-policy

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By cheekychappy
23rd Jan 2017 11:07

I believe Glennzy had his named published without his consent too.

I can still find the identify of a number of regular users. Lionofludesch, Newmoon, Sparker, MissAccounting, Landscaper, just to name a few.

The whole website is flawed, and no matter how often we point it out, it falls on deaf ears.

If you wish to be anonymous, I suggest you remove all personal details from the site.

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By Kent accountant
23rd Jan 2017 11:36

I'd say more than 50% of members have their name showing on their profile page.

Those who haven't posted for a while are unlikely to pick up on this so I think AWeb should suspend their accounts and email them direct advising of this breach of DP regulations.

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By Weald Accountant
23rd Jan 2017 11:18

Oh I see, when you click into the user profile it shows their real name still!

Thanks for highlighting this, I have now changed mine.

WA.

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By I'msorryIhaven'taclue
23rd Jan 2017 11:32

Trouble is if your homepages have been captured by internet archive sites, such as Wayback for instance, whilst there was a hole in Sift's fence then your details are up there for posterity.

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By HeavyMetalMike
23rd Jan 2017 11:28

Am I the only one who rushed to change their name BEFORE looking up the hottie that is Miss Accounting only to find that she changed her name at the same time???

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By Portia Nina Levin
23rd Jan 2017 11:39

To be fair to Sift. They probably do not even know they have done it. Strange things tend to happen when you fly by the seat of your pants.

As a general rule though, never put yourself "out there" in any way, unless you want to put yourself "out there".

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By cheekychappy
23rd Jan 2017 11:59

The best for me is First Tab.

I've been told off several times for giving "hints" to his real identity, and despite me telling moderators of the flaw on their website, his real name is still plastered on his profile.

Sift incompetence makes HMRC looks like an organisation to aspire to.

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By mrme89
23rd Jan 2017 13:20

It's not the first time since the 'upgrade' identities have been leaked.

Aweb is a joke these days.

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By Democratus
23rd Jan 2017 13:43

I've just changed mine....annoyed that I had to.

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By Alex_T
23rd Jan 2017 13:45

Thank you @Moonbeam, this is good to know.

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By Portia Nina Levin
23rd Jan 2017 14:02

Wow! Richard Hattersley's real name is Rampant Wildebeest. Who knew!

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By cheekychappy
23rd Jan 2017 14:09

He messaged me earlier, and I can confirm that it is actual Sergio.

Yours wasn't what I expected either.

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By Portia Nina Levin
23rd Jan 2017 14:15

Look keep it quiet Mr Flagellate My Genitals With Stinging Nettles.

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By cheekychappy
23rd Jan 2017 14:23

How did you know?!

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By Portia Nina Levin
23rd Jan 2017 14:24

Darlink, EVERYBODY KNOWS!

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By Tom Herbert
23rd Jan 2017 14:31

Good afternoon all,

Just a quick update on what has been discussed above.

On Friday we tried a fix related to the usernames of certain types of role (columnists who write for us on a freelance basis, for example) on their account page. Unfortunately in error this was rolled out to everyone.

We're extremely sorry for this - obviously it's completely unacceptable. The error has now been amended.

Although the fix was tested in line with our usual procedures the issue slipped through the net. We'll be investigating what went wrong and how we can improve future fixes.

Thank you to all who raised this as a concern. If the problem is still occurring please get in touch either via private message or on this thread.

All the best,

Tom

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By stepurhan
23rd Jan 2017 14:52

TomHerbert wrote:

Although the fix was tested in line with our usual procedures the issue slipped through the net. We'll be investigating what went wrong and how we can improve future fixes.


Whilst the most serious breach, this is not the first time a "fix" has badly broken something on the site in recent months.

That being the case, it would seem that your "usual procedures" are not remotely fit for purpose and need a root and branch review.

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By Portia Nina Levin
23rd Jan 2017 15:00

TomHerbert wrote:

...Although the fix was tested in line with our usual procedures...

Is that the "let's just go live and see what happens procedure" Tom?

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By cheekychappy
23rd Jan 2017 14:39

Since the original upgrade, there is, and always has been a way to identify some users. I have mentioned this several times.

The fix has merely put a plaster on a severed head.

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By I'msorryIhaven'taclue
24th Jan 2017 15:28

https://www.accountingweb.co.uk/community/industry-update/tips-to-preven...

"Tips to Prevent Data Breaches and Stay Secure"? Seriously?

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By stepurhan
24th Jan 2017 15:53

I'msorryIhaven'taclue wrote:

https://www.accountingweb.co.uk/community/industry-update/tips-to-prevent...

"Tips to Prevent Data Breaches and Stay Secure"? Seriously?

To be fair, that is a sponsored article mostly hosted elsewhere. Maybe no-one on site staff has actually read it. ;-)

Not to worry, I'm sure with the particular set of skills your avatar provides, you would find anyone that breached your data security.

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