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Campaign App Discloses Nearby Voters

MOBILE PRIVACY—U.S.

August 8, 2012

The Washington Post reports on a mobile app created by the Obama campaign that shows a map with lists of the first and last names of nearby voters. The app is meant to help campaign volunteers canvass for potential voters and send the data back to the campaign. Privacy advocate Shaun Dakin has said the app is concerning because it reveals ages, potentially leading to targeted scams. Electronic Privacy Information Center Executive Director Marc Rotenberg said, “Party affiliation is public information, available through the state voter registration records…Still, both campaigns are digging deep into the private lives of voters.” (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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