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Travis County addresses data breach concerns
Friday, October 14, 2022 by Elizabeth Pagano
Travis County Clerk Rebecca Guerrero has issued a statement in response to accusations that Konnech Inc.’s CEO mishandled personal information about Los Angeles County poll workers. On Tuesday, L.A. County officials announced that CEO Eugene Yu had been arrested “in connection with an investigation into the possible theft of personal information about poll workers,” according to The New York Times. Konnech Inc. makes the PollChief Election Worker Management System software that Travis County uses to manage and schedule poll workers. In her statement, Guerrero was clear that the software is not used in the voting process, and will not be used moving forward. “Travis County takes these accusations seriously and we are looking into the impact, if any, on data related to poll workers. At this point, the county has no reason to believe its poll worker data is involved. There is no evidence, allegation or indication that Travis County poll worker information has been compromised,” Guerrero said. “As the county continues to examine the possibility of any inappropriate handling of data, the Travis County Clerk’s Election Division remains focused on the upcoming general election on Nov. 8. If more details are confirmed, we will promptly share information about the security of its poll worker data. However, the County Clerk’s Office will not be commenting on this matter until we have additional information to share.” Konnech has faced scrutiny by election deniers and conspiracy theorists in the past and has repeatedly denied storing data outside the country. The company stands by Yu and says he has been wrongfully accused.
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