Balmoral Pasture Menu Now Fraught With Data Risk – channelnews

Mosman is well known for its price gouging no more at local coffee shops, who are now blaming COVID for a multitude of problems.

Local Balmoral Beach restaurant Pasture of Balmoral has not only lifted the price of a large offer to $5.90 they are also asking customers to QR code an order from their table.

Desperate for a solution to staff problems, Pasture moved to using the Menu data capture app, the only problem is that Menu is capturing more than one’s food order.

At Pasture when you tap to order they are collecting name and address, phone number, email address and you have to pay by either entering your credit card details, or using Google Pay or PayPal.

What they are doing is fraught with danger and risk and there is also no need for an app provider to collect so much personal data.

The first problem is the use of QR codes, according to Pasture management, “It’s because we are short staffed”.

When I asked what security was in place to protect my data management claimed they were “not collecting data” they were also unable to confirm where Menu was storing the data capture from a QR code now on every table.

When you sit down there is no waiter service despite the price rises, there is also no optional menu on the table.

The handy “quick response” barcodes can pull up a menu, a payment system, or any number of websites and widgets on your smartphone.

While they’ve been around since 1994, the pandemic prompted more businesses to adopt QR codes as a result we are seeing a major increase in security problems due to the growth in QR codes and data capture by apps used in cafes such as Pasture.

Meenu is capturing the data, they are building profiles on individuals with staff at the cafes and restaurants clueless as to what is happening with that data.

The convenience of QR Codes comes with security risks.

According to a survey of consumers conducted by MobileIron, 71 percent of respondents could not tell the difference between a malicious QR Code and a legitimate one.

Also, more than 51 percent of respondents did not have mobile security on their devices (or did not know if they did) to provide QR Code security in case of a QR Code-related attack.

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