Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Blame the humble “CC” for data leaks
Many of us have either been a victim off or perpetuator of the “CC” gaffe. Instead of using the “BCC” function we inadvertently send mails using a “CC” which results in recipients being aware of the other members of the group. Whether it is a party invite or a large bank disclosing the name of its high rollers, the simple “CC” is one of the big sources of inadvertent data leaks.
Many times we deliberately “CC” a wider audience to make sure we cover anyone remotely concerned with the mail contents irrespective of information confidentiality and adherence to the simple principle of need to know. These fringe recipients may not value the information, forwarding or disclosing it to others. In extreme cases copies of these mails find their way to media or social networks. If you are surprised at how quickly your organization’s grapevine got hold of the news, the humble “CC” may be to blame!