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Data of more than 6,000 detainees leaked due to US Immigration Agency error, people raise security concerns



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US Immigration and Customs Enforcement authorities released data on more than 6,000 detainees
Detainees expressed concern for their safety, ICE says – data leaked in error, investigation continues

Washington: The US Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency said Wednesday that the personal information of more than 6,000 people in its custody was inadvertently posted on its website for about five hours. The information included names, nationalities and the detention centers where people were held. According to Human Rights First, an advocacy group spoke about the leak on Monday.

According to Human Rights First, the 6,252 people (whose identities have been revealed) feared being harassed. If the courts reject his request to stay in the United States and he is sent home, he may be in danger there. Eleanor Acer, the group’s senior director for refugee protection, said she feared the detainees or their families could be at risk in their home countries. “In some countries, people are targeted, retaliated against for seeking asylum,” Acer said.

ICE said – Data leaked in error
Regarding the whole case, ICE said that, “as part of a regular update”, the data was mistakenly displayed on an Excel spreadsheet. Which the agency had removed from its website 11 minutes after it was posted. The agency said in a statement, “Although unintentional, such a leak of information is a violation of policy and the agency is investigating the incident. The agency is taking all necessary corrective action.” ICE said the detainees or their attorneys have been notified of the leak.

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