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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