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Baseball Franchise Mistakenly Distributes PI

DATA LOSS—U.S.

May 3, 2011

An employee for the New York Yankees sent an e-mail to "several hundred" season ticket holders with an attached spreadsheet containing their personal information of all recipients. According to The Street, the spreadsheet in question included the names, addresses, phone numbers and e-mail addresses of the ticket holders but did not include more sensitive information like Social Security numbers, birth dates and credit card numbers. Some experts are asking whether e-mail addresses should be considered personally identifiable information. "Immediately upon learning of the accidental attachment of the internal spreadsheet," the team said, "remedial measures were undertaken so as to assure that a similar incident could not happen again."
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