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Ad Blocker Ghostery Celebrates GDPR Day by Revealing Hundreds of User Email Addresses


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Ad-blocking tool Ghostery suffered from a pretty impressive, self-inflicted screwup Friday when the privacy-minded company accidentally CCed hundreds of its users in an email, revealing their addresses to all recipients.

 

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Fittingly, the inadvertent data exposure came in the form of an email updating Ghostery users about the company’s data collection policies. The ad blocker was sending out the message to affirm its commitment to user privacy as the European Union’s digital privacy law, known as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), goes into effect.

 

The email arrived in inboxes with the subject line “Happy GDPR Day — We’ve got you covered!” In the body of the email, the company informed users, “We at Ghostery hold ourselves to a high standard when it comes to users’ privacy, and have implemented measures to reinforce security and ensure compliance with all aspects of this new legislation.”

 

What Ghostery likely didn’t intend to do was immediately expose all of its users. CCed to the email were hundreds of other recipients, their emails all readily viewable to others receiving the message. Ghostery users took to social media to complain about the exposure.

 

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straycat19

Just another reason to have a jillion throw away email accounts to use, so you never have to give out your primary email account to any online company.

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Moist_nugget

Why would you even make an account for Ghostery? What use does it serve? :rolleyes:

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1 hour ago, Moist_nugget said:

Why would you even make an account for Ghostery? What use does it serve? :rolleyes:

 

duh, for not getting tracked lmao

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Stopped trusting them long ago, this further proves it.

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