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Wikileaks Support Account Deletes Tweet about Making Database of Verified Accounts

Wikileaks is known for leaking data that may be impossible to get your hands on otherwise, but on 6th Jan 2017, in now a deleted Tweet from the official and verified Wikileaks support account it was stated that the organization was “thinking of making an online database with all “verified” twitter accounts & their family/job/financial/housing relationships.”

It is unclear how this database would be built or why there is a need to do such thing – but building any database containing “family/job/financial/housing relationship” is a terrible idea. It would fast become a privacy nightmare. In later tweets, it seems like the supporter account was proposing a database for mapping networks between influential people and presenting those graphically. Either way, WikiLeaks should stay in their lane and refrain from such proposals leading to strong criticism on the Internet.

Written by Amerjit Deu

Amerjit Deu

Author, LeakData & World

Amerjit is an award-winning journalist with two decades of experience in magazines, newspapers and electronic media. He has covered the information security and privacy sector throughout his career. He lives in New York.

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