Enrich HK and Experian proudly present Data Security Champion, an interactive online game equipping migrant domestic workers with knowledge on how to protect themselves in an increasingly digital world.
Why is data security important for domestic workers?
There are almost 400,000 migrant domestic workers in Hong Kong, consisting of 10% of the city’s working population. They make tremendous contributions to Hong Kong’s economy – HK$98.9 billion in 2018 or 3.6% of Hong Kong’s GDP.
However despite this, they are largely financially excluded from the economy; 83% of domestic workers are in debt due to enormous pressures on their finances, including recruitment fees, family obligations or extortionate interest rates on loans. Sadly, the desire to increase their income or improve their circumstances is often exploited – domestic workers are frequently targeted by scams based around investment, loans or romance.
The current COVID-19 crisis presents additional stressors to the domestic worker community arising from job losses, stringent quarantines, travel bans and unforeseen expenses. The resulting financial pressures will leave the community more vulnerable to predators, a trend Enrich has already observed with the rise of online loan scams since the start of the pandemic.
Not knowing how to protect yourself in this increasingly digital world can have disastrous consequences. With an educational and fun approach, “Data Security Champion” will empower domestic workers with the tools to engage online safely, spot predators and protect their hard-earned money for themselves and their families.
Previous Enrich HK and Experian collaborations
- Joint release of ‘The Value of Care’ report, 2019, revealing domestic worker’s economic contributions in Asia.
- Co-delivered a ‘Data Privacy’ lecture series in 2019 for domestic workers in Hong Kong
Experian Global Identity and Fraud Report
Every second in the day, 12 people online become a victim of identity theft; more than 1 million victims around the world EVERYday (In the UK 500 x identities are stolen each day for fraud purposes). Identity theft occurs when someone steals your personal information and becomes compromised. In cases of identity fraud, criminals illegally obtain your personal information (such as a credit card number, medical identification number or Social Security number) and use the data to commit crimes in your name. Thieves may take over your existing accounts, use your name to open new accounts or apply for loans, among other crimes. The average number of accounts registered to one email address in various countries is currently estimated at: 92. Your personal information is sold on the dark web for as little as $1 to $1000; 20% of stolen credentials were used within 30 mins and 50% within 7 hours. Companies are looking to educate their customers and staff on “good cyber-security” behavior and raise awareness of the social engineering techniques employed by fraudsters.
Falling victim to identity fraud could tarnish your name, ruin your credit, compromise your financial and medical history, or drain your assets. Once the damage is done, the road back to restoring what was yours can be both time-consuming and expensive.
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