Oh dear. It seems that data security blunders have hit a new and rather embarrassing low. Alongside drivers, benefit claimants and seemingly most of the UK population, now sexually diseased - sorry, sexually unabashed - citizens have found themselves exposed to the risk of ID fraud. Sneak has discovered that respondents to a confidential sexual health survey conducted by the Manchester Health Watchdog were all thanked for their participation, via a group email. Problem is that the watchdog forgot to conceal the addresses of those they were contacting, so everyone now knows everyone who took part.
Terrible stuff, although quite what good the information would be to an ID fraudster Sneak is not sure, aside from blackmail. Nonetheless it has rattled those taking part.
"It makes me wonder just how confidential the information they've collected really is and if it's even being protected at all. I'd urge people to think twice before participating in any online survey now," 21 year old linguistics student Christopher Garrett is reported as saying. Well, indeed Chris, especially a survey like that one.
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