More than 11,000 people’s personal information released in Anchorage Police Department data leak

Kavitha George reports:

Since 2019, 11,402 people have had their birth dates and driver’s license numbers published accidentally, due to a glitch in the Anchorage Police Department records system, the department announced Wednesday.

APD said an employee discovered the issue with traffic collision report records in February. Normally, a computer automatically redacts that personal information in records before they are published online. Captain Sean Case said the department identified a simple reason why the records were going out unredacted.

“For lack of a better word, there’s a toggle switch, there’s a box you check on that has the public traffic collision report redacted,” he said. “And that box or that toggle switch was unchecked.”

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