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10 Head-Slapping Data Breaches

By Jordan Robertson - 2013-02-11T19:57:20Z

Photograph by Matthew Staver/Bloomberg

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Privacy Goes Up in Smoke

Medical marijuana patients in New Jersey got to know each other in an unexpected way in December.

The state Department of Health had to apologize for an "insensitive" e-mail it sent to more than 450 patients that didn't mask any of the recipients' e-mail addresses, according to The Star-Ledger.

The sharply-worded messages instructed people to call the state's first medical marijuana dispensary, the Greenleaf Compassion Center, instead of the state to set up appointments.

Daniel Emmer, a spokesman for the New Jersey State Department of Health, wrote in an e-mail that immediate steps have been taken to prevent this from happening again.