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Snapchat has blabbed its staff payroll information to a criminal after someone in human resources fell prey to a phishing email. The firm told employees past and present in a statement that it is "impossibly sorry" for the error. It says users who have never worked for the company have not been affected. The company blog says …

  1. Winkypop Silver badge
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    Agreed value?

    Can we not have an agreed value on personal information held by an employer or recognised institution, like a bank or the Govt?

    It could form the basis of the penalty, payable to each victim, each time a breach occurred.

    Or do all the kids these days not value privacy?

    1. Oengus
      Big Brother

      Re: Agreed value?

      "Or do all the kids these days not value privacy?"

      Many people I talk to believe that privacy is overrated (if you haven't done anything wrong you have nothing to hide) until their private information is used illegally. Kids (and many adults) today have no concept of Risk Assessment they only see the reward.

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    They should be ok, it deletes itself after 10 seconds...

  3. Cynical Observer
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    Short sighted/half hearted

    offering two years of free identity-theft insurance and monitoring.

    I have no idea what the premiums for ID Insurance are - but with a market capitalisation of $15 billion, even though profits might be some way off, Snapchat could and should have offered 10 or even 15 years of insurance cover.

    Financially, it's probably a drop in the ocean - but to the employees and those watching from the sidelines it would have been a very clear sign of contrition.

    <priceless> Build a reputation as a good employer to be proud of.</priceless>

    1. Robert Helpmann??
      Childcatcher

      Re: Short sighted/half hearted

      Snapchat could and should have offered 10 or even 15 years of insurance cover.

      Exactly. The goal of identity theft is no longer a chance to create a few credit cards and run off with a quick profit. As with many investments, the value of someone's identity is likely to increase with time. Two or three years of identity theft protection is paltry compared to lifetime of potential - even likely - damage a breach of this nature can inflict.

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