Bad data, even on paper [was Re: [LINK] NSW targets employers'
jwhit at melbpc.org.au
Fri Apr 2 08:45:28 EST 2004
At 02:15 PM 1/04/04 +1000, Adam Todd wrote:
>It was signed, on the second last page by a solicitor with a disclaimer
>and threat of legal action if the document was read by anyone else.
>So I'm suppose to do what? Discard it before I read it?
The illogic of the whole situation is fascinating. I received a financial
document to my address but with another person's name from the US. I also
have accounts with the company. Apparently they use a contract mailing
service. But the reports must be prepared by the company, because the
address field is from their data, not the mailing company.
I wrote to my contact who sent it on to the head office. They told her to
tell me to post the papers back to them registered mail! I said no way,
but I would destroy them when they told me the problem was resolved and
that MY info was not going astray. They wrote back, apologising, sent me a
keychain <sigh>. This was over about a month. The very next DAY I got
another document meant for the other person posted to my address again. I
reported it again and haven't heard back since.
The points in this are:
- bad data can end up in very bad results [I had access to some pretty
interesting financial info]
- because I was honest, I reported it, but I could easily have pursued an
identity fraud by combining with other info about this person
- outsourced mailing services could be a problem IF the company really was
using a secondary company to prepare and post financial services.
- it can happen with computerised paper outputs as well as electronic
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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