US authorities release asylum seekers after leaking their data online

Nearly 3,000 immigrants seeking asylum in the United States have been released from custody after Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials inadvertently published their personal information online.

Records including names, birth dates, nationalities and detention locations of 6,252 immigrants were posted to an area of ICE’s website normally used to report detention statistics last November. Further complicating the issues is the nature of the list – the people on it all said they came to the US fleeing torture and persecution and therefore sought asylum.

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Source: The Register