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Who's been leaking data from the voter rolls?

Who's been leaking data from the voter rolls?
Who's been leaking data from the voter rolls? 

By Shahar Ilan
December 08, 2008 

Israelis will be able to call the Interior Ministry or send a text 
message starting today to confirm they appear on the voter rolls, the 
ministry announced yesterday. The statement sparked concerns that voter 
details - names, national identification numbers, addresses, telephone 
numbers and dates of birth - could find their way into the hands of 
private investigators, businessmen and hackers posting the information 
to the Internet, as has happened in the past.

Civil rights groups view the leaking of such information as a symbol of 
further privacy-violating data leaks, similar to those they fear from a 
planned biometric database.

In a Haaretz investigation, reporter Aviva Lori has discovered that many 
private investigators have access to the Population Registry, of which 
the voter rolls are a part. One of the investigators told her it was 
easy to pick up compact discs storing the information from the 
headquarters of political parties when party operatives have been busy 
looking at exit polls.

Interior Ministry spokeswoman Sabine Hadad said hackers had not gained 
access to voter rolls during the last election, although she said the 
information was illegally transferred "by one of the bodies that 
received it in accordance with the law."


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