They say “you can’t fight city hall.” They’re wrong.

I was shocked last week when the New York City Board of Elections released the name, addresses, and party affiliation for 4.5 million New Yorkers. 
S.T.O.P. condemned the release in the New York Times, explaining how this data dump endangered countless New Yorkers. We highlighted the risk to vulnerable communities, such as survivors of domestic violence who need to hide their address from their abusers. This week we had a new shock: we won. 
Yesterday, the board of elections took down the voter registration data from its website. As we told the New York Times in a second article: “we’re still alarmed that information on millions of New Yorkers could be exposed so easily.” We’re not done. In just a few days, we’ll be hosting a training for survivors of domestic violence, helping them protect their privacy and families. Will you support our work?
We’re glad the city took down this data, but it was wrong to post it in the first place. This episode highlights just how vulnerable our privacy is, and we remain concerned about the impact of this release on vulnerable communities. Will you support our upcoming privacy trainings? Just $100 covers the cost of a Digital Self-Defense workshop.
With thanks,
Albert Fox Cahn, Esq.
Executive Director