Gold Coast Council to use free Commonwealth Games WiFi service for data mining

The new WiFi service has been launched in time for the Commonwealth Games.
The new WiFi service has been launched in time for the Commonwealth Games. Photo credit: AAP

If you're headed to the Commonwealth Games, be wary - the WiFi you use may take advantage of your personal information. 

The Guardian has reported that the Gold Coast Council will be using a new WiFi service to extract Facebook data from its users.

However the council say they're not doing anything illegal and will use the data to help the organisation with its tourist marketing. 

While users will be given the option of whether or not they share their data, internet speeds will be slower for those who do not consent. 

A spokeswoman from the Gold Coast council has said her organisation plans to limit the amount of information they take from tourists, and that data would not be shared with other organisations.

However aspects could be made available to tourism or other appropriate sectors.

"The most important information is about country of origin, to better understand the use by overseas tourists, who are one of the primary target groups for the service," the spokeswoman said.

The information obtained would only be accessed by a "small number of city officials", she said. 

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