Last week, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who also heads President Trump’s Presidential Commission on Election Integrity, sent letters to state governments asking them to hand over voter data — including highly personal information like birth dates, addresses, and partial Social Security numbers. Already, this request is blowing up in Kobach’s — and Trump’s — face, as multiple state leaders have said they will not adhere to it. To make matters worse for the Trump administration, a privacy group filed an emergency request to try and block the commission’s demand on Monday, saying it would be a severe violation of Americans’ rights if the data was made public. According to The Washington Times, the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) filed a lawsuit in federal district court in Washington, D.C. Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly has given the White House until Wednesday afternoon to reply to the suit. The lawsuit says that the commission has violated “the informational privacy rights of millions of Americans, including members of the EPIC advisory board” because it failed to conduct a mandatory privacy impact assessment before making a request for voter data. The group also said that the way in which the commission has asked for the information is problematic because both the email address and the file sharing system it suggested are “insecure.” According to EPIC, this lack of security puts voters at risk of identity theft. ‘There is already evidence in the record that the commission has placed and will place voter data at risk.’
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