Friday, February 03, 2006

Recycle and/or die

Having somehow become a newspaperman myself, I follow the tribulations of the newspaper business with interest. There are many tribulations these days, lots of them stemming from ubiquitous computers and the triumph of the Internet.

But the latest snafu is pretty low-tech: The Boston Globe and the Worcester (Mass.) Telegram & Gazette accidentally released the credit card numbers of more than 200,000 subscribers -- by distributing them with bundles of newspapers. Yes, some well-meaning soul re-used subscriber reports to print routing slips, and out they went with the grocery store circulars. Yikes!

If it's any consolation, I'm sure the Globe's Web site is secure.

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