How Travelers Can Mitigate Risk of Privacy Breaches

Data privacy can be compromised anywhere, according to Born2Invest. The article discusses what to do about cameras, particularly in hotels and airplane seat back entertainment systems. Travelers have to trust that these devices are turned off. 

Although travelers cannot choose how their data is handled, Bruce McIndoe, Founder of WorldAware, gives advice on how to recognize a privacy breach and what to do after a potential breach.

WorldAware on Summer Travel Safety

Traveling for business or pleasure both encounter some level of risk. It's important to understand your risk before heading to a destination, and that's where solutions such as those provided by WorldAware come into play. The Washington Post interviewed security professionals, Bruce McIndoe among them, to educate summer travelers on travel safety and how to protect themselves.

A few key tips provided are as follows.

Personal Safety Tips for Female Travelers

Female travelers are more susceptible to risk when traveling alone. Founder and Chief Evangelist, Bruce McIndoe, says that it's easier to be a man when traveling. Women who travel are more likely to dine in their hotel rooms than to eat in the establishment's restaurant. More often than men, women are the object of unwanted attention. “I have female colleagues who won’t go to a hotel restaurant,” he said, “They say, ‘I’m tired of being approached’ so they just stay in the room and eat dinner.” 

Response Operations for Travel Risk Management

Buying Business Travel explained how WorldAware provides a timely, end-to-end risk management solution. 

"WorldAware provides evacuations during political unrest (last year it evacuated clients from Nicaragua and Colombia), security-related situations and natural disasters – and it offers smartphone apps that track travelers. The client 'opts into' the tracking system and can press a crisis/panic button on the app, which triggers a GPS fix on their location. WorldAware’s operations center delivers 'immediate response and assistance'."

Companies Fail to Carry Out Risk Assessments for Meetings and Events

A survey conducted by the Global Business Travel Association was the focus of this piece about how few companies create risk assessments ahead of meetings. Theresa Thomas, SVP of Strategic Partnerships at WorldAware, said, “Successful risk management for meetings and events requires organizations to clearly assign risk management responsibilities to an individual or team of individuals, and that responsibility must be comprehensive.