California Releases Personal Info of Nearly 4K Gun Safety Instructors

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(FoxNews.com) The private information of thousands of California firearms instructors was accidentally released by the state late last year in response to a journalist’s Freedom of Information request.

The data request was made in August, when a reporter for Southern California Public Radio (KPCC), an NPR affiliate, sought all information on Firearms Safety Certifications available from the California Department of Justice.

The information was released in October, and a clerical error gave the reporter wide access to the personal information of 3,424 firearms instructors — whose dates of birth, driver’s license numbers and California identification numbers were handed over, according to NRA-ILA, the legislative arm of the National Rifle Association.

The error was caught two months later, and the California DOJ sent out a letter to all of the Golden State’s instructors letting them know their personal information had been compromised.

“The Department discovered the data breach on October 17, 2016, and notified the requestor of the error and asked that the information be destroyed and that no further dissemination of it occur,” said the letter, sent by the Office of the Attorney General Kamala Harris. Harris is now a U.S. senator.

The letter also recommended the firearm instructors place a fraud alert on their credit. Since driver’s license numbers are appealing to identity thieves, a fraud alert could prevent criminals from misusing someone’s personal data.

NRA officials blasted the California DOJ for its data breach and questioned why it took the department so long to alert the thousands who were affected.

“This privacy breach is just another example of the California Department of Justice’s disregard for the rights of gun owners,” Jennifer Baker, director of public affairs for the NRA, said to FoxNews.com. “There’s no reason why the private information of firearms instructors should have been released – the DOJ redacts information all the time.”…

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  • Guy Christopher

    Come on, folks! This was no accidental release of info. It was most probably suggested by the Cal. DOJ to the NPR type to ask for the info so it could be released by design. Once the damage was done, Cal. let it ride for two months??? Give me a break. This was a planned operation from the get-go.

    • Norm

      Guy, as sure as the sun rises every morning this was a planned deal. But for the life of me, I can’t figure out the mind set of the people living in California. Surely no one is so naïve as to be led around by the nose and “ willingly “ give up their rights. Maybe it is in the water. Norman

  • Jeff Chapman

    “The Department discovered the data breach…”
    That was not a breach.
    It was an intentional release of information.
    Doesn’t matter whether or not it was a mistake, it was still intentional.