Protect our privacy

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Opinion

November 29, 2018 - 10:54 AM

At a time when computer hacking and identity theft are all too common, it’s a bit uncomfortable to disclose personal information on forms and documents, but usually, there’s little choice. Failure to provide the information requested can mean your submission isn’t processed. So we offer the details — our driver’s license number, Social Security Number, and birthdate — trusting the institutions we’re conducting our business will indeed ensure its protection.

But sometimes they don’t. Last year, we found out that private voter data was transferred by Secretary of State Kris Kobach over an unsecured email in 2013 and then inadvertently released this fall by Florida officials working to fulfill an open records request.

As we reported then, Kobach’s quest to discover voter fraud exposed sensitive data for nearly 1,000 Kansans when an official tried to compare partial Social Security Numbers sent via an unsecured email to election staff in Florida.

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