Following what Georgia officials are calling a “clerical error,” two women filed a lawsuit claiming the personal information of over six million voters was released in a massive data breach.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports the lawsuit was filed Tuesday in Fulton County Superior Court against State Secretary Brian Kemp. In October, a disc normally sent to media outlets to obtain voter data mistakenly included the social security numbers and driver license numbers of millions of voters. Kemp admitted the disc was sent to 12 recipients, but said he has now re-collected every disc.
The AJC reports:
“Our office shares voter registration data every month with news media and political parties that have requested it as required by Georgia law,” Kemp said in a statement. “Due to a clerical error where information was put in the wrong file, 12 recipients received a disc that contained personal identifying information that should not have been included. This violated the policies that I put in place to protect voters personal information.
“My office undertook immediate corrective action, including contacting each recipient to retrieve the disc, and I have taken additional administrative action within the agency to deal with the error,” Kemp said.
It’s unclear how the private information was mixed in with voter data, but the suit claims Georgia residents were never notified of the error. Normal voter lists are legally sold to third parties and include the name of the voter, mailing address, race, gender, and the last voting date.
If the breach is confirmed by authorities, it would be the largest ever by a state.
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