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Obama Transfers Campaign Database to Advocacy Group

BIG DATA—U.S.

January 30, 2013

The Obama administration has transferred its database comprised of millions of American supporters from the 2012 U.S. presidential campaign to a newly created advocacy group, NBC News reports. Organizing For Action (OFA) has acquired access to the database. The information gleaned from the database will be used to initiate an “army of the door-knockers” supporting the president’s agenda and to help raise money for “issue ads,” the report states. Electronic Privacy Information Center Associate Director Lillie Conley said the development is “extremely worrisome” and that supporters are probably unaware their personal information has been transferred. “I can’t think of anything that rivals this data,” Conley said. “The private sector would love to be able to do what the campaign was able to do.”
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