Friday Fun: your embarrassing data leaks

While no-one is suggesting the Ashley Madison data hack/leak is in any way funny for those involved, the wall-to-wall coverage across social and traditional media does suggest it has hit a nerve.

Data protection and privacy has gained a lot of traction in recent months, with publicising of the Ashley Madison and Sony hacks, in particular, opening the eyes of consumers as to how much information about them is in the public domain, and how relatively unsecure a lot of this is.

Taking back control of this personal data is a huge motivator behind the creation of and development of securer interfaces online, as well as safer user behaviour.

But, let’s face it, there are times when all of us have come unstuck by revealing information that we didn’t mean to, or accidentally sending an text or email meant for one person to someone else.

While it’s likely that these mistakes had a lot less serious consequences than the Ashley Madison leak (and hopefully a lot smaller audience), they often become funny stories after the initial embarrassment has faded.

So let’s hear from you – what’s your personal worst data leak? Stories in the comments please.

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