Sydney Festival in privacy glitch

Sydney Festival in privacy glitch

Summary: Organisers behind the annual Sydney Festival have inadvertently committed a privacy breach by sending an email to users that displayed the contents of its mailing list.

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Organisers behind the annual Sydney Festival have inadvertently committed a privacy breach by sending an email to users that displayed the contents of its mailing list.

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Email from Sydney Festival containing the addresses of other registered users(Credit: Luke Hopewell/ZDNet Australia)

The email contains the email addresses of around 130 people who registered for a festival mailing list, some from government departments, Sony Music, JP Morgan and News Digital Media.

Festival organisers told ZDNet Australia that the breach was due to human error, issuing an apology to recipients a short time later.

"We inadvertently open copied our email so that the addresses were visible to all recipients. We are sincerely sorry for this error. Nothing like this has ever happened before and I must assure you that Sydney Festival respects your privacy and will ensure that nothing like this ever happens again," said festival organisers.

The Sydney Festival isn't the first organisation to expose email addresses via a general mail-out: internet service provider TPG fell into the same trap last August.

TPG's leak saw the email addresses of over 500 people attached to an automated notification informing customers that their latest bill was available online.

Topics: Collaboration, Privacy, Security, Telcos, TPG

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