Private data sent to media list

An employee at a British Columbia bank inadvertently emailed a list of hundreds of people’s insurance claims to 75 provincial media outlets, reported CBC.

This is a classic blooper, one that seems to be repeated every few years by some hapless worker.

I worked as a desker at Canadian Press in Halifax some 20 years ago, and a rural lab occasionally faxed us technical results of a patient’s blood test. It was a wrong telephone/fax number, of course. We’d call the lab to tell them — wrong numbers were pretty common — and the isolated case didn’t warrant, imo, a national wire story.