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[–] FreeSpeachRocks 1 points 69 points (+70|-1) ago 

Yet again the government demonstrates the usefulness of encryption.

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[–] deerhoof_fan 1 points 47 points (+48|-1) ago 

Hijacking this comment....

On the real though, someone should do a meta-analysis of this data and see how they compare with the results of the elections they correspond to. Voter fraud / vote manipulation / rigged elections could be examined through this method.

Seems only wise as the 2016 election approaches.

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[–] jeegte12 0 points 11 points (+11|-0) ago 

Wouldn't a lot of manipulation occur before these numbers?

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[–] ding0bait 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Incompetence

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[–] jackofdiamonds 0 points 49 points (+49|-0) ago 

The database contains a voter's full name (first, middle, last), their home address, mailing address, a unique voter ID, state voter ID, gender, date of birth, date of registration, phone number, a yes/no field for if the number is on the national do-not-call list, political affiliation, and a detailed voting history since 2000.

Voting history? VOTING HISTORY? WTF is that? The government keeps a record of how each person votes in each election? How could they possibly know? You are not tied to your name when you go into the booth. Each tick is supposed to just add one to the pile for that name.

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[–] dv1155 5 points 19 points (+24|-5) ago 

Voting history? VOTING HISTORY? WTF is that? The government keeps a record of how each person votes in each election?

Of course, how else can Obama's death panels know who to let live and who to let die?

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[–] risingseraph 14 points 5 points (+19|-14) ago 

I threw up at how retarted this comment is, I hope this was a joke.

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[–] NeedMoarGuitars 2 points 15 points (+17|-2) ago 

No, they only know that you showed up to vote. The registrars cross your name off a list of registered voters when you show up and (if required) show ID.

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[–] 2716057 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

I would say that "detailed voting history" is the metadata of how you vote.

Which elections you vote in, which states/counties you vote in, and even the time of day you choose to vote can be very telling of how you're most likely going to vote.

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[–] ScientiaPotentia 0 points 25 points (+25|-0) ago 

If only there were some way to keep important private information secret. I wish there was some way to, I don't know, hid information or scramble it in a way no one could read without having the descrambling code. I wonder if anyone will be able to come up with a simple but effective way of dealing with this problem.

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[–] Sops 0 points 7 points (+7|-0) ago 

That is some real pie in the sky thinking, I know they did some research to that effect years ago but apparently it is a real enigma.

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[–] ScientiaPotentia 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

An enigma of a machine it would be. Alas, comrade that would be unfitting for the proletariat for they have nothing to hide so it is entirely unnecessary.

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[–] sparkybear 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Encryption doesn't work as well if someone has a master key.

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[–] pyres 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

If only there were some way to keep important private information secret. I wish there was some way to, I don't know, hid information or scramble it in a way no one could read without having the descrambling code. I wonder if anyone will be able to come up with a simple but effective way of dealing with this problem.

I use rot13

you can double encrypt for extra security.

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[–] WhiteRonin 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

You can and should but ... Like answered below having a master key makes decoding everything just a few hours/days away.

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[–] ding0bait 0 points 10 points (+10|-0) ago 

"misconfigured"

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[–] Traveler 1 points 9 points (+10|-1) ago 

where is it

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[–] DoctorShitlord_MD 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

Some more information here but no link to it.

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[–] Traveler 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

so how do we even know this exists?

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[–] WhiteRonin 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Just need the IP :-)

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[–] donkeyqong 4 points 9 points (+13|-4) ago 

FFS

Could we start to pay our government employees enough that they don't screw up at this level?

I don't care who is punished for this. It won't fix the problem.

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[–] SquarebobSpongebutt 0 points 11 points (+11|-0) ago 

Currently there is no proof of who is responsible but more than likely it was not government.

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[–] anustart2015 5 points 4 points (+9|-5) ago  (edited ago)

you realize that every person who works for the government aside from private contractors is also technically the government

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[–] thrus 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

A lot of the people working for the government are just going to do their job. your issue is with management and the politicians, donkeyqong is asking for pay that will get good employees into the worker roles instead of those people going to private industry where they can make what their skills are worth.

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[–] Ghetto_Shitlord 1 points -1 points (+0|-1) ago 

I am not a leech, I choose not to be exploited.

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[–] Uberbob79 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

The government doesn't hire the best they hire to meet quotas.

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[–] ding0bait 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

We apparently pay them too much as it is. Why would we pay them even more?

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[–] 3688820? 0 points 7 points (+7|-0) ago 

Anyone have a link to the database? I wouldn't mind being able to look up my neighbors and treat it like a detailed phone book.

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[–] smeezekitty 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

With 191 million records, the file size is probably formidable

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[–] WhiteRonin 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Not that big. Problem would be to reload it all into your local or host database. You'd have to slice it and such.

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[–] bonuspad 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Yes, but whoever owns it or is holding it will quickly do something to make it very private once a few million hits occur.

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[–] 2716057 1 points 5 points (+6|-1) ago 

I can't wait until the government is keeping all of my records through mandated healthcare, CISA/CISPA, taxes, regulated education (e.g. - no child left behind), weapon/drone registration, and all of the various other types of unnecessary government regulation.

But now, not only will Uncle Sam know every personal detail about my life, you can too! It's very simple, when you consider "mismanaged" data, like this...

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[–] whiteface 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Doctor-Patient confidentiality & the data protection act still applies, before the data was made available between surgeries/hospitals we were asked whether we wanted to opt in to selling it to third parties (to which everyone's response was "fuck right off") and generally speaking it's helpful to your doctor/A&E to have access to your details without having to phone up your last registered place for it.

I'm not convinced that DC and the queen are reading about my headache either, but by all means correct me.

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