Yesterday, on behalf of Donald Trump, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach called on election officials in all 50 states to turn over the names, contact information, last four digits of social security numbers and voting history of every state voter. Secretaries of State in Virginia, California and Kentucky have refused to turn over any sensitive personal information to Trump, but Texas Secretary of State Rolando Pablos – who acts on Greg Abbott’s behalf – has announced he will turn over Texans’ personal information to the federal government to include in the national database.
Abbott breaks pledge to protect Texans’ personal private information
In October, 2013, then candidate for Governor Greg Abbott said it was “time to draw a bright line around your personal privacy and your private information.” In the rollout of his “We the People” plan, Abbott pledged to keep the personal information of Texans safe and committed to consent with Texans before their personal information was “given away or sold.” Pulling a complete 180, Abbott’s appointed Secretary of State will now turn over the personal information of millions of Texans to the federal government for the creation of a massive federal government funded database.
Texans have reason to worry about Greg Abbott handling private information
Lone Star Project said it in 2013 and it’s still true today: Greg Abbott is about the last guy Texans should trust on matters of personal privacy. In fact, Abbott is responsible for one of the biggest data breaches in Texas history. During litigation in 2012 on the Texas Voter ID bill, Abbott bungled a court order requiring him to send voter records to opposing legal counsel. He failed to redact the personal social security numbers of over 6 million Texans, leaving them vulnerable to potential identify theft.