Friday, January 01, 2016

Aggregation of voter PII from many states raises privacy, ID theft concerns


On p. A15 if the New York Times on December 31, Nick Corasaniti and Rachel Shorey write “Database of personal information from voter records appears online” (the online title is less specific as to significance).
 
The database collates voting records, including PII and party affiliation, but not how people voted secretly, of 191 million people from various states. The significance of the finding is that it’s all in one place, where a hacker could use it for phishing or even extortion. But the collection of the data by both major parties in many states is seen as necessary for campaigning.