ICE data dump reveals personal data of over 6,000 asylum seekers • The Register

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) earlier this week “mistakenly” posted the names and other personal information of more than 6,252 people seeking asylum in the United States on its website.

According to ICE, the data dump happened on Monday morning during a “routine” website update. About five hours later, Human Rights First told the agency that it had released tons of personally identifiable information (PII) on its website.

In an online statement published Wednesday, immigration officers revealed the data breach:

The agency said it is notifying data subjects and is taking steps to mitigate the harm to those whose data it disclosed, including placing a “high interest alert” on thousands of people whose personal data has been released online.

ICE did not respond The registry‘s questions about what other PII it leaked and where the immigrants in custody held citizenship.

According to that Los Angeles TimesBreaking the story, the disclosed information included names, dates of birth, nationalities, case status and detention locations of migrants from Iran, Russia and China, among others.

An official at the Department of Homeland Security said: Times The data dump was potentially dangerous for the people involved, many of whom are fleeing gangs and governments out to harm them, and “embarrassing” for ICE.

“This data breach puts lives at risk and only adds to ICE’s well-documented history of dysfunctions and failures in internal accountability,” the ACLU said said about the break.

These include allegations of misleading asylum seekers and also spying on Americans. Earlier this year, a report by Georgetown Law’s Center on Privacy and Technology revealed that ICE has spent about $2.8 billion over the past 14 years on a massive surveillance “dragnet” that uses big data and facial recognition technology to… spy on most people secretly in the US.

The research lasted two years and included “hundreds” of Freedom of Information Act requests and reviews of ICE’s contract and procurement records. It describes how ICE surveillance spending has grown from about $71 million per year in 2008 to about $388 million per year as of 2021.

The network it bought with that $2.8 billion means that “ICE is now acting as a domestic surveillance agency” and its methods are “crossing legal and ethical boundaries,” the report concludes. ® ICE data dump reveals personal data of over 6,000 asylum seekers • The Register

Rick Schindler

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