COVID-19 phishing test email criticized by Palm Coast council member

Ed Danko

The City of Palm Coast’s IT Department sent an email to employees and at least one council member asking their COVID-19 vaccination status, stating that the information was necessary due to new county requirements.

Beyond the controversial nature of the question in these divided times, there was another issue: It was not true.

According to the city’s Information Technology Director Doug Akins, the email was just a test to see how employees respond to possible internet scams.

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Councilman Ed Danko said in a phone interview that it was a poor way to check responses.