Personal Information Of 198 Million Americans Accidentally Released In Biggest Electoral Leak Of All-Time

Data predicts how voters feel on issues like gun ownership and abortion

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If you've ever made a minor cock up at work, fear not, because unless you work at the marketing company employed by the Republican National Committee, you haven't just caused the biggest leak of electoral data of all time.

Roughly 200 million Americans' home addresses, birthdays, phone numbers and political views as well as analysis used to predict voters opinions on issues such a gun ownership and the right to abortion have been accidentally left exposed.

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The sensitive information, which accounts for nearly 62 per cent of the American population, was left exposed by the marketing company as it was on a publicly accessible Amazon cloud server and available to anyone with a download link.

Deep Root founder Alex Lundry told Technology website Gizmodo: "We take full responsibility for this situation. Based on the information we have gathered thus far, we do not believe that our systems have been hacked."

He added: "Since this event has come to our attention, we have updated the access settings and put protocols in place to prevent further access."

It looks as though the list was last updated in January when Trump was inaugurated but it isn't clear how long the data has been sat there for anyone to download.

"The ability to collect such information and store it insecurely further calls into question the responsibilities owed by private corporations and political campaigns to those citizens targeted by increasingly high-powered data analytics operations," UpGuard reporter Dan O'Sullivan commented.