Privacy breaches because of mistakenly sending of emails via CC instead of BCC

Discussion in 'privacy problems' started by mood, Aug 6, 2020.

  1. mood

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    I make this mistake sometimes myself, I put receipients in cc instead of bcc.
    If anyone has a suggestion how to avoid this mistake, I am all ears!
     
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    It depends on the email system you use and whether you have individual or business accounts. As an example Office365 for business allows you to create mailflow rules which can be used to force BCC when emailing chosen distribution lists, or when emailing from chosen email accounts in your organisation.
     
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    I would love to see email providers require a 2-3 digit little "approval PIN" before allowing a cc on my emails. Nothing serious security wise just a reminder flag so you would stop making a stupid/careless move on a transmission. At work we had an Admin Asst send a cc to over 500 folks instead of a bcc. It cost me and others many hours putting the bad PR fire out. It was a disaster for us. That was years ago but I still feel the pain.
     
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    Australia’s largest cryptocurrency exchange accidentally exposed the names and emails of 270,000 customers
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