A Garston mum was left shocked when her son found an incredible amount of people’s private data stored on a fast-food restaurant’s communal computer tablets.
Li Laura O’Donnell had taken her son to the McDonald’s near Woodside on Saturday, January 8 when he made an alarming discovery.
Exploring the files of the restaurant’s communal iPads, installed into tables to allow kids to play games whilst waiting for their food, he found three years’ worth of various guests’ personal data, stored away on a public device for anyone to see.
Information ranged from images, login details for social media such as TikTok and home addresses. Perhaps most shockingly however, PayPal accounts, phone numbers and even personal banking details could also be found on the devices, designed for children to use.
Speaking to GARSTONnews, Mrs O’Donnell said: “Parents should be duly notified that children and teenagers are entering sensitive data privy to all.
“Notably, children are not always supervised on these devices. It’s important that parents and vulnerable persons are informed.”
She did also say that after her son reported his findings to the restaurant’s management team, they commended him and quickly made sure all of the devices were turned off.
McDonald’s have been contacted for comment and have told GARSTONnews they are investigating the issue as a serious matter.
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