The White House Doxxed People Who Submitted Comments On Election Integrity

  • The White House Doxxed People Who Submitted Comments On Election Integrity

The White House Doxxed People Who Submitted Comments On Election Integrity

The commission letter states that all information provided in response to its request would be made available to the public; meaning your voter information would be available to anyone and for any objective. But the administration made a big mistake: It didn't censor any of the personal information - such as names, email addresses, actual addresses, and phone numbers - included in those emails.

The public was asked to submit comments via email to the voter integrity commission, which was set up through an executive order signed by Trump to investigate voter fraud.

The Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity was under fire earlier this month for asking states to send it voter information, including names and voting history.

"This cavalier attitude toward the public's personal information is especially concerning given the commission's request for sensitive data on every registered voter in the country", ACLU staff attorney Theresa Lee told NPR.

Unfortunately, the Journal oversimplified the implications of collecting voter data by the commission and the problems that would result from comparing incomplete data, and it attempted to brush aside legitimate concerns about voter suppression efforts underway across the county - including the well-documented voter suppression work of the commission vice-chair, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach.

The Washington Post is not publishing any of this information, because it does not appear that the individuals were aware their comments would be shared by the White House.

Many public comments submitted to federal agencies are released with commenters' names and other information. That email, published by the White House, contained the sender's name and home address.

Numerous messages were filed through the activist portal Common Cause, and include only commenters' names. "Please do not include any sensitive or confidential information".

The White House received thousands of email responses to its request for public comment on its beleaguered Election Integrity Commission, a lot of them critical, as the gathering of personal information is observed to be the comment form's primary objective.

A spokesman for Vice President Mike Pence who previously responded to inquires about the voter commission did not immediately return a request for comment. But it's not clear if the people who sent emails to the White House knew of this before the commission's website went up this week. The emails published by the White House were written between June 29 and July 11.