On Friday, a federal district court judge heard arguments from a group concerned about potential privacy infringements presented by President Donald Trump’s voter integrity commission that a majority of states have refused to comply with.
According to BuzzFeed News, US District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly heard arguments from the Electronic Privacy Information Center, a data privacy group who brought a lawsuit against the commission on Monday and requested the commission’s request of voter rolls from all 50 states be temporarily halted while the court deliberates the lawsuit. So far, only one state — Arkansas — has complied with the commission’s request, as per a Justice Department lawyer.
They asked that the court issue a temporary restraining order, much like those issued to halt Trump’s so-called “Muslim bans,” as the court figures out whether the commission violates the E-Government Act of 2002, “which requires a Privacy Impact Assessment be completed before government engages in certain actions.”
Despite commission Vice Chairman and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s claim that the commission is requesting “publicly available” information, EPIC’s lawsuit argues that “the states cannot send much of the information requested and the commission cannot receive it, in part due to the lack of the privacy assessment.”