Cyber

Mass Emails Can Expose Personal Data

06.26.2019

English government department of the Home Office has recently come under fire for accidentally exposing hundreds of email addresses after communicating with EU applicants hoping to settle in the UK via mass email.

Over 200 personal email addresses were exposed accidentally by the ministry when asking EU citizens to resend their information using a bulk email system. The Home Office utilized this method to respond to generic inquiries to avoid having recipients see each other’s email addresses but the method here ended up exposing more than it protected. Click here to learn more.

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