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Winnebago County (IL), Several SSNs, Winnebago County Clerk

ROCKFORD, Ill. – The Winnebago County Clerk is apologizing for releasing a list of election officials that included Social Security numbers.

County Clerk Dave Johnson said an employee forgot to blacken out the numbers before giving the list of Democratic election judges to county clerk candidate Jeff Polsean.

The Illinois Freedom of Information Act exempts from disclosure information that jeopardizes personal privacy.

“We made an error, plain and simple,” Johnson said.

Actually, you made two errors: First was storing the SSNs in too many places, second was forgetting that you’re doing making the first mistake. (From “Winnebago County Clerk apologizes for releasing personal information,” via The Canadian Privacy Law Blog.)