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88 Privacy Breaches to Beware Of by Lyn Boxall, William Hioe, Kevin Shepherdson

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illustration 38 Watch your spreadsheet – spreading personal data in a data breach

Many of us use spreadsheets in our everyday work. A single Excel spreadsheet file, for example, can contain up to one million lines of records so they are a convenient way to store records and perform useful calculations and transactions.

Very often, spreadsheet users store account, membership, health records and transactional information that includes sensitive data such as identity card numbers, payment card numbers, birthdates and addresses.

Under the data protection law, using a spreadsheet negligently can get the user’s organisation into trouble. Here are some examples of ...

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