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Voter Registration Data Sold
Date: Thursday, December 11 2003

More doubts are raised on the intelligence of having Lockheed Martin conduct the 2006 Canadian Census.

Wired Magazine finds an American company that sells U.S. Voter Registration Data to anyone who wants it. Will Lockheed Martin do the same with our 2006 Census data?

For Sale: The American Voter

Wired Magazine

Dec. 11, 2003

One of the nation's largest commercial distributors of voter data sold voter-registration lists featuring detailed personal information without verifying the identity or intent of buyers.

Aristotle International used a website to sell the lists, which contain details about registered voters from nearly every state. The data includes birth dates, home addresses, phone numbers, race, income levels, ethnic backgrounds and, in some cases, religious affiliations.

A Wired News reporter, registered at Aristotle International's website as Condoleezza Rice, purchased a voter list containing data on about 1,700 California voters, despite Aristotle's claims that it had procedures in place to verify legal buyers before they could purchase online.Besides voters' name, address, phone number and birth date, the lists from Aristotle included each voter's registration date, political affiliation, income range, occupation and whether he or she owned a home or had children. The security slip-up allowing a Wired News reporter to purchase such lists underscores what many critics of voter-list sales argue -- that the simple act of registering to vote can open voters to unintentional privacy intrusions, as long as states make it legal to distribute voter data to secondary parties.

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