Check before you send

A few weeks after we found out that personal details of world leaders were accidentally emailed to organisers of the Asian Cup there is a story about Project Bookend. This is, allegedly, secret research by the Bank of England on the financial shocks that could hit Britain if there is a vote to leave the European Union. The Guardian were sent a confidential email with details of the project and how to fend off any inquiries about the work. Not very confidential now.

When did the Bank’s staff last have information security training?
Did it cover the use of email and ‘checking before you send’ as autocomplete doesn’t always do what you want?

There is, of course, the possibility that the email may have been a deliberate leak. Which raises the issue of how staff are told to treat confidential information and what happens if you don’t follow the rules.


If you want to disable autocomplete in Outlook there are four steps:

  • Click the File tab
  • Click Options.
  • Click Mail
  • Under Send messages, select or clear the Use Auto-Complete List to suggest names when typing in the To, Cc and Bcc lines check box

If you are someone that has a great ideas of what should, or shouldn’t, be in an email a few seconds after your click send see if you can insert a delay so there is the opportunity to update it. I know you can insert a delay in Outlook.