Kemp Says IT Employee Fired for release of voter information

Voting in Georgia
Posted at 10:06 PM, Nov 19, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-19 17:29:53-05

ATLANTA (AP) - Secretary of State Brian Kemp says his office has retrieved or destroyed 12 discs containing personal information for Georgia's more than 6 million registered voters.


Kemp says in a statement that he takes "full responsibility" for the information released in October to media and political parties. Kemp earlier said an unnamed IT employee was responsible and has been fired.


He says only one employee will be able to download voter data from a secure site. He's also creating a three-part check before discs containing voter information can be released.


A lawsuit filed this week says state law required Kemp's office to notify voters and credit agencies when it learned Social Security numbers, dates of birth and driver's license numbers were released.


Kemp says he's confident information wasn't compromised.

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