Another day, another data breach. Double-sided printing error leads to data breach. Is this perhaps someone’s green initiatives gone too far?
A printing “error”, late January 2010, resulted in details of more than 3,000 customers of Skipton Building Society having their passbook account details printed on the back of other people’s statements, as reported in the Financial Times. Now that would make reading a bank statement considerably more interesting than usual.
For those unfortunate Skipton customers it’s little consolation to hear that the company, the UK’s 4th largest building society, said the “details revealed were not enough to put customers at risk of fraud, as the accounts required a signature to make withdrawals.” Given the sloppiness of signatures today, I sure hope the tellers are checking those signatures carefully.
Don’t get us wrong. Double-sided printing is a wonderful thing – reducing paper usage by almost 50%, it saves money and the environment. Unfortunately the savings go out the window when the double sided printing results in a data breach. And while double sided printing does save paper, how about ditching the paper altogether, and sending the statements electronically via secure file transfer – now that’s a good idea.