Victims of a mailing list leak by the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) have complained after receiving unwanted and “strange” emails.
Last week MOPAC officials who sent out emails confirming registration for a series of public consultation meetings included the names and addresses of all recipients in the TO field.
This meant each recipient could see the names and email addresses of all other recipients and could contact them directly. MOPAC says it sent out a second email asking recipients to delete the original.
Despite the request, recipients of the original message have contacted MayorWatch to complain that they’ve received unwanted emails from another recipient seeking to gain their support against a claimed “homophobic hate campaign”.
The emails directly reference the recipient’s planned attendance at the consultation meeting, confirming the MOPAC mailing list as the source of their contact information.
Another reader complained that he was “now receiving strange mails which are intruding into my computer, and no concern of mine.”
Following our original story, MOPAC sent out a second email on Friday apologising for the error.
Commenting on the unwanted emails, the 18th January email says: “We are aware that one of the recipients is using the email addresses, despite our request for the relevant email to be deleted. We very much regret that your personal data is being used in this way. We can only apologise again for our original mistake.”
The email also confirms that the original publication of the email addresses “was a breach of the Data Protection Act.”
Some members of the mailing list have questioned whether they need to change their email addresses to protect their online security and privacy.