• Stephen Wilson @steve_lockstep

    We should all hold fire till more precise details of the breach are known. But early calming announcements by Epsilon that only names and addresses were exposed have been debunked several times over now. It was always a self evidently self serving statement that overlooked (or ignored) the inevitable metadata. Like filenames. If the databases were so naively organized as to put a product name into the filenames, then we should expect more serious privacy impacts unfold.

    I am no fear monger but I do err on side of caution. And I’m surprised so many commentators seem so sanguine about Epsilon.

  • Stephen Wilson @steve_lockstep

    We should all hold fire till more precise details of the breach are known. But early calming announcements by Epsilon that only names and addresses were exposed have been debunked several times over now. It was always a self evidently self serving statement that overlooked (or ignored) the inevitable metadata. Like filenames. If the databases were so naively organized as to put a product name into the filenames, then we should expect more serious privacy impacts unfold.

    I am no fear monger but I do err on side of caution. And I’m surprised so many commentators seem so sanguine about Epsilon.

  • Stephen Wilson @steve_lockstep

    We should all hold fire till more precise details of the breach are known. But early calming announcements by Epsilon that only names and addresses were exposed have been debunked several times over now. It was always a self evidently self serving statement that overlooked (or ignored) the inevitable metadata. Like filenames. If the databases were so naively organized as to put a product name into the filenames, then we should expect more serious privacy impacts unfold.

    I am no fear monger but I do err on side of caution. And I’m surprised so many commentators seem so sanguine about Epsilon.

  • http://cauce.org Neil Schwartzman

    I’m a little confused here. Why would you think that those people who signed up for the drugs lists at GSK are not those who actually take the prescriptions? That isn’t likely, an outlier, to use your phrase.

    The reality is that the criminals apparently have the name of the specific list sent to users of a given drug. That allows them to customize, to a high degree of specificity, the fraudulent email that will inevitably be sent in spear-phishing attempts. It is very real possibility that the impact will be ever more PII gleaned, or worse, that the criminals somehow sell illicit drugs to the victims.

    Our point all along has been to criticize Epsilon’s unwillingness to be forthcoming as to which specific clients were breached, and in the case of GSK, why they too have not adopted a position of transparency, particularly given the potentially dire circumstances of being circumspect.

    I agree with you that any legislation that may come of this needs careful consideration, rather than a stampede mentality, frankly, I always forget, as a Canadian, that American doesn’t have proper privacy insurance. On the other hand, every time legislation is proffered in American for careful consideration, it seems the lobbyists are those that are most careful, watering things down to irrelevancy.

    Thanks for the thoughtful piece.


    Neil Schwartzman
    Executive Director
    CAUCE
    The Coalition Against Unsolicited Commercial Email

    http://cauce.org
    http://twitter.com/cauce

  • Jim Harper

    I’m not finding where I said that people who signed up for the drug lists are not the ones who take the drug. I said: “Many do take that prescription. Some used to take that prescription. Some have a loved one who takes it, some sell it, some prescribe it, and so on.” I suppose I might have said “most” take the prescription, which is entirely plausible. If you have some specific knowledge about who is on and not on the list, do share it. I assumed that people interested in the drug but not currently taking it might also be on the list.

    Thanks for the comment — and your second-to-last paragraph, so rich with ideological bait!

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