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Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Campaign Leaks Social Security Numbers

I'm constantly amazed at how poorly privacy is protected by those who have access to personal information. Add this to the continuing litany of lost social security numbers. WBNS channel 10 from Ohio says that "... Millions of Social Security numbers are now in the hands of people who aren't supposed to have them...The private records were mistakenly released by the Secretary of State's office."

"Voter lists are crucial to political parties. They give campaign workers an efficient way to target potential supporters. The lists usually consist of the names of registered voters, their addresses, their party affiliation, and whether that person voted in the last election. Social security numbers aren't supposed to be revealed. But they have been because of a mistake by Secretary of State Ken Blackwell's campaign."

And it's not the first time: "... This is the second time this year private information has been compromised by Mr. Blackwell's office. In March, a link on the Secretary of State's website revealed hundreds of Social Security numbers listed on public documents."

Funny thing, Blackwell handily won his GOP primary for governor this week. Well, maybe not so funny...


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