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CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) — North Carolina park officials are apologizing for mistakenly serving up a heaping helping of holiday spam.

The Charlotte Observer reports the state’s Parks and Recreation staff sent an electronic seasonal greeting that inadvertently allowed people to reply to all 47,000 people on the agency’s email list.

Assistant Director Don Reuter says the staff spent this week addressing the concerns of people who worried their individual email addresses or other personal data were compromised. Reuter says a sender could reach the whole group but did not have access to the list of addresses.

Reuter says the division won’t send any more group emails unless staffers are sure they can’t generate mass replies.

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