Secretary of State Brian Kemp on voter data release

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Nov

Secretary of State Brian Kemp on voter data release

Statement from SOS Kempclick here for .pdf

STATEMENT FROM SECRETARY OF STATE

Georgia’s voter registration system was not breached. The system has been and remains secure. This was a clerical error that has been remedied.

“Our office shares voter registration data every month with news media and political parties that have requested it as required by Georgia law. 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,” said Secretary of State Brian Kemp.

Pursuant to O.C.G.A § 50-18-72(a)(20)(A), personal identifying information cannot be withheld from news media when they verify they are using the information for news purposes. Pursuant to O.C.G.A. § 21-2-225(c), no person that receives this data may use it for any commercial purposes.

Letter from SOS Kemp to County Voter Registrarsclick here for .pdf:

Dear Georgia Voters:

On Friday, November 13, my office learned that voters’ personal information was inadvertently included on a statewide voter file that was sent to twelve groups on October 13.

As a standard practice, these twelve groups, comprised of Georgia’s news media and political parties, receive a computer disc with an updated list of all of Georgia’s registered voters every month. This information is available to them per existing Georgia law.

However, in October, a clerical error in the IT Division led to these discs containing personal identifying information that should not have been included. The IT employee has been terminated for breaking internal rules governing the release of this information.

Upon learning of this mistake, my office took immediate action to retrieve the discs and to confirm that the recipients had not copied or otherwise disseminated the data.

All twelve discs have been accounted for. Each recipient, including the Georgia Republican Party and the Georgia Democratic Party, has confirmed that the data was not retained or diseminated to any outside parties.

To reiterate, the Georgia Voter Registration System was not breached. The system has been and remains secure, and I am confident no voter’s personal information has been compromised.

I want to assure Georgia’s citizens that it is my top priority to protect their personal information. I have put in place additional safeguards to ensure this situation does not happen again.

Sincerely,

/s./

Brian P. Kemp

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