Concealed Carry Permit Applications Disclosed by California Attorney General’s Office – KION546
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KION-TV) — The personal information of all Californians who have applied for concealed carry permits since 2011 was released this week, authorities said.
When the Department of Justice launched its “Guns Dashboard Portal 2022,” which aimed to “improve transparency and information sharing on gun data,” according to a statement released Tuesday by the office of California Attorney General Rob Bonta.
It was not meant to include the personal information of concealed carry permit holders.
According to Bonta, the leaked information includes names, birth dates, gender, race, driver’s license numbers, addresses and criminal history. Data in several dashboards was also impacted, including the Assault Weapons Registry, Handguns Certified for Sale, Dealer Sales Registry, Firearms Certificate Security, and Security Dashboards. fire and gun violence restraining orders.
Bonta said he was “deeply disturbed and angered” by the leak.
“This unauthorized disclosure of personal information is unacceptable and falls well below my expectations for this department,” Bonta said in a statement. “I immediately launched an investigation into how this happened at the California Department of Justice and will take strong corrective action if necessary.”
The dashboard and data were taken offline Tuesday morning by the Department of Justice when they learned of the data breach, but the dashboard and data remained available online for a day.
Bonta’s office said people whose data has been exposed will be notified and provided with information and resources, including credit monitoring services. The DOJ also asks anyone who accessed the data while it was available not to share any personal information, which may constitute a crime if used for an unlawful purpose.
Monterey County Sheriff Steve Bernal said: ‘It is disturbing to hear of a data breach by the California Department of Justice (DOJ) that released the personal information of license holders. “weapon concealed by California citizens. It is not known what the scope of the breach is at this time. I am very concerned about this data breach and the risk it poses to CCW license holders in the county of Monterey and California.
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