Breach, Compliance Management, Data Security, Privacy

IT staffer in Georgia axed over leak of PII of 6M voters

A technology staffer in the Georgia office of the Secretary of State has been fired following the dissemination a month ago of discs containing the personal information of six million Georgia voters, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The fired staffer was not identified, but in a post on the Secretary of State's website, Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp said the employee “broke internal rules.”

“I have put in place additional safeguards to ensure this situation does not happen again,” Kemp said.

Kemp publicly announced the breach on November 19

Kemp's action comes a few days after a class action lawsuit alleged that the office of Secretary of State released personal identifying information of Georgia voters to 12 organizations. The suit further alleged that no consumer reporting agencies and "not a single Georgia citizen" had been informed of the breach. The data included dates of birth, Social Security numbers and drivers' license numbers.

Notification is required by state law.

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