Wednesday, 17 October 2012

QR codes on gravestones - Church of England reaction

There's an interesting article on the use of QR codes on memorial stones on the Diocese of Winchester website at www.winchester.anglican.org/news/story/533/. It raises the question of possible problems with the use of such codes in redirecting people to the wrong websites if they have been hacked - imagine scanning a gravestone of Great Auntie Flo only to be redirected to a pornographic site! A sum of £190 is then raised as the fee for those who wish to apply to the court of the Archbishop of Canterbury for a 'faculty' for the use of such codes on stones, apparently 'required by the Dean of Arches to add a code to either an existing or new memorial'. I'm not too familiar with the Anglican Church's jurisdiction in matters today, so this is a bit of an eye opener - worth a read.

(With thanks to @NatChurchTrust)

Chris

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