Etsy Discloses Tax-Related Privacy Breach

Ina Steiner reports:

Etsy confirmed a privacy breach impacted about 1,500 sellers. The incident was caused by human error and was not related to any hacking or website vulnerability.

The incident occurred on January 30, 2018, when an Etsy seller requested a copy of their 2016 federal 1099 tax form. Etsy sent a letter to the sellers who were affected, explaining, “While providing that information to the Etsy seller, your Etsy 2016 federal 1099 tax form was inadvertently disclosed to the seller. The seller reported the incident to us, and our security team confirmed with the seller that the information was deleted from the seller’s system the same day. We have no reason to believe that the information was misused in any way.”

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