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Exposed: Voting Selfies Risk Personal Data Theft

In the digital age, it's crucial to protect your personal information. One surprising way you could be putting yourself at risk is by posting a selfie with an inked finger after voting. Experts warn that this seemingly innocent act could expose your biometric data, such as fingerprints, facial recognition, or retina scans. These unique identifiers are often used to access personal electronic devices and banking services.

As Mexico's largest election on June 2nd approaches, nearly 98 million voters are preparing to cast their votes for over 20,000 positions, including the next president. Many people celebrate this civic duty by sharing a photo of their inked finger on social media. While this may seem like a harmless way to encourage others to vote, it could have serious consequences.

With the high quality of today's smartphone cameras, a photo of your inked finger could provide enough detail for tech-savvy criminals to steal your fingerprint. The risk increases if the photo is taken close-up or in good lighting, as these conditions make small details more visible.

Some voters also photograph their voter ID cards, known as INE, alongside their inked fingers. This further exposes personal data such as their full name, address, birth date, and unique population registry code (CURP). Once posted online, this information is accessible to millions of people, increasing the risk of identity theft.

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To protect your personal information, it's recommended to avoid posting close-up photos of your inked finger or your INE. If you want to share a voting selfie, try to take a distant shot where your fingerprint isn't visible. Additionally, check your social media privacy settings and consider limiting who can see your posts to close friends only.