Sunday, November 29, 2015

2. What will happen to all this personal information once the campaign is over?

It’s hard to know.

According to the privacy policy, the campaign reserves the right to share the personal information it collects “with candidates, organizations, groups or causes that we believe have similar political viewpoints, principles or objectives.”

The campaign wouldn’t comment about any future plans but said its track record demonstrated its approach to privacy protection.

After the 2008 election, Obama’s list of 13 million email addresses was not given to other candidates or used by the White House. Obama launched “Organizing for America,” a Democratic National Committee outreach program that drew on Obama’s wide network of supporters to generate support for the president’s agenda.

“This campaign has always and will continue to be an organization that respects and takes care to protect information that people share with us,” spokeswoman Katie Hogan said.

But the privacy policy shows the campaign is reserving the right to share its increasingly rich database. And some experts are wondering what Obama will do with it once the campaign ends.

“As a voter, I would feel a lot more comfortable if campaigns gave voters the option of whether or not they could pass their information on to other groups,” said Andrew Rasiej, founder of Personal Democracy Forum and TechPresident, a site focusing on how technology affects politics.

From a voter’s perspective, “the fact that I gave the Obama campaign $10 for six months, or emailed the campaign 10 times, may not be information that I want anyone else to know,” Rasiej said.

Lillie Coney, associate director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, said she’s “never heard anyone complain” about Obama’s 2008 campaign giving away personal information.

“The success of the Obama campaign in 2008 in getting millions of people to log on to their website to give personal information and volunteer and do all sorts of things for the campaign hinged on trust,” she said. “People did not believe that that information was going to go anywhere.”

Any choice to share supporters’ information should take their preferences into account, Coney said. A campaign could easily create a checklist of politicians and organizations, allowing users to grant permission to share with some groups and not with others.


  • ObozoMustGo

    The Memo should be so concerned about the data that they have on people who are NOT Obozo supporters. Just sayin….

    • John

      And I will almost bet that you back the comments and ideas of limbaugh too.

  • John

    When you look at the field that Obama is going up against, anybody who doesn’t vote Democrat should be taken out to the wood shed and given a good beating. BECAUSE IF U VOTE FOR ANYONE ELSE OUT THERE BUT OBAMA YOU SHOULD BE CONSIDERED A TRAITOR TO THIS GREAT NATION. The Repubs will do what ever it takes to make him look bad and go away, EVEN IF WHAT HE IS PROPOSING IS GOOD FOR THE PEOPLE AND THE NATION. EVEN TO THE POINT OF TAKING THIS GREAT NATION DOWN THE SH&T HOLE!

  • Maricia12

    So how is this different from any other web site accessing our information. The Republicans do the same thing with those listed as Republicans on the national voting Registration files. My husband, who no longer votes Republican, is still registered as one. He gets e-mails and regular mail from those Republican’s running for office all the time. He does not get the same from Democrats running for office. Anyone using facebook knows allowing anyone into your personal page gives them permission to read your infomation unless you restrict them from certain areas. Is there really any place our personal information is private? Our Doctor’s use our social security number as our record number, financial institutions sell much of our information, we cannot subscribe to cable without giving our social security number and so it goes for almost everything. Anyone can pay a few bucks and get almost any info on anyone they want via the net. You can type in a name and get a person’s address and how much they paid for their home. WHAT is the big deal with sounding as if you are accusing Obama of something devious when the Republicans are masters at this kind of thing.? I would say they are just ticked off because they did not get to it first. The right wing has made destroying President Obama their only goal. All they can come up with are lies with no substance. His policies that help more Americans are viewed as evil. The President has done absolutely NOTHING that resembles evil in anyway. If anything, he has tried his best to compromise his policies to include the desires of the Republicans. I would rather see him just shut them out as they do him but then he is a much better person than I am.

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