Privacy, Data Security, Critical Infrastructure Security

ICE inadvertently leaks more than 6K asylum seekers’ data

More than 6,000 asylum seekers U.S. custody had their names and other personally identifiable information, as well as immigration details, "erroneously" posted by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement on its website on Monday, according to The Register. ICE was informed by Human Rights First about the breach hours after the data dump, which occurred during a "routine" update of its website. "Upon notification, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement took swift action to immediately rectify the error. Though unintentional, this release of information is a breach of policy and the agency is investigating the incident and taking all corrective actions necessary," said ICE in an online statement. The Los Angeles Times reported that the breach exposed immigrants' names, nationalities, birthdates, case status, and detention locations. "This data breach puts people's lives in danger and only adds to ICE's well-documented history of dysfunction and lapses in internal accountability," said the ACLU regarding the incident.

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