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Personal Details of Many Play.com Customers Disclosed

In what can be termed as a yet another instance of compromise of user data, details of customers of Play.com were leaked to other users of the portal, according to a story carried by BBC

Many users of Play.com has told the BBC that they apparently received emails mentioning details of orders on Play.com that they have not placed and they said emails contained addresses of the customers who had actually ordered the items.

However it must be noted that no credit cards details were disclosed and this surely will reduce the apprehension of Play.com whose data may have been compromised.

Reacting to the incident, Play.com has mentioned that it has taken corrective measures to the issues which caused the data to be leaked and has been identified and resolved.

The company has also promised to look into the cause of the incident and asserted “We take these matters very seriously and are now investigating how this incident occurred in the first place, so that we can prevent it happening in the future."

While the intention of the company to look into the issue is laudable, it would be much better that companies give more emphasis on data security norms so that such compromise of user data can be avoided in future.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.