FTC e-mail gaffe reveals 600 attendees’ email addresses before privacy conference

Laura Hautala reports:

Maybe I’m naive to expect a certain savviness about privacy from the FTC, especially just before it convenes a group of experts in privacy and cybersecurity at a conference in Washington, DC, next week. I certainly didn’t expect the agency to accidentally send out a list of every attendee’s email address. But, it did.

The Federal Trade Commission on Friday sent an email advising participants to show up early to get a seat, and left all the recipients on the list visible to each other. A classic email blunder — using the “cc” function instead of the “bcc” function — in any normal situation, this particular mistake smacked of irony.

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