At a time when computer hacking and identity theft are all too common, its a bit uncomfortable to disclose personal information on forms and documents, but usually, theres little choice. Failure to provide the information requested can mean your submission isnt processed. So we offer the details our drivers license number, Social Security Number, and birthdate trusting the institutions were conducting our business will indeed ensure its protection.
But sometimes they dont. 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, Kobachs 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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