Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp’s office says a clerical error is to blame for a data breach that released the personal information of more than 6 million Georgia voters last month.
Two women have filed a lawsuit against Kemp over the breach, and they are seeking class action status.
Kemp’s office releases voter information each month, on compact disc, to news outlets and political parties. But October’s disc included extra information including birth dates, Social Security numbers and driver’s license numbers.
Kemp said, in a statement, that the personal information was put in the wrong file. He says 12 recipients got the discs. The state has asked agencies that received CDs to return them.
Georgia law allows political parties and media free copies of the voter file. Others are charged $500.