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Haringey Council data protection officer reveals personal emails

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4 October, 2013

A Haringey Council data protection officer has disclosed hundreds of personal emails.

Democratic services manager Clifford Hart emailed residents on September 7th to inform them about the upcoming Muswell Hill, Alexandra, Fortis Green and Highgate area forum, but the message was sent to everyone on the mailing list, rather than using the blind carbon copy (BCC) field, reports Ham & High.

The news provider reported a council spokesman as saying: “This was a genuine mistake and we have apologised to all residents affected.”

To make matters worse, she sent out another email to apologise for the error, describing it as an "isolated incident", but she made the same mistake by failing to use the Bcc field.

Following this, the representative said the authority was looking at ways to introduce checks ahead of emails being sent to multiple addresses, admitting that she made "exactly the same mistake" by delivering the message.

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