At the last E3, the leaked data. Due to this, personal data of many members of the media have been disclosed.
2 Aug former journalist of the website Nichegamer Sofia Narvic spoke about the leak of personal data of more than 2 thousand participants of the previous exhibition E3. It is reported by the Informant Tech, referring to the YouTube-channel of Sofia Narvic.
As it turned out, on the official E3 website in the section Helpful Links were posted, the link which led to a list-a table of registered media, bloggers and streamers, as well as financial analysts and large investors. The list included full names, residential address, email and phone of participants.
Among those whose personal data were, in fact, in the public domain, were journalists IGN, Polygon, PC Gamer, The Verge and other major publications. Also in the list was known streamers from Twitch and Mixer, which covered the last exhibition, the representatives of Tencent and Goldman Sachs. Narvic when she became aware of the leak, contacted the ESA (Entertainment Software Association), serving as the organizer of E3, and reported the problem. The response to the appeal was not followed, however, the page with the link was soon deleted from the website but it was too late, because, according to Kotaku, the list went on the Internet and some specified into table people (the publication does not disclose who exactly is it) began to receive calls from unknown numbers.
I can personally verify that the list is still semi-publicly available. God, this is bad.
It has almost every @IGN, @Polygon, @GameInformer, @PCGamesN, @PCGamer, @Eurogamer, @TheVerge, @VICE, etc. game journalists, plus Twitch, Mixer streamers and YouTubers who attended E3.
– Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) on 3 August 2019.
Moreover, a little later it became known that the original page with Helpful Links is easily restored with reference to the ill-fated table through the Google cache. The evening of 3 August – after the gaming industry is already being indignant and grieved – ESA has released an official statement in which he apologized for leaking personal data. The organizers stressed that such a problem arose for the first time in more than 20 years of the exhibition.
“We placed the data about the exhibitors on the website to our employees was easier to arrange interviews and to inform the media and other registered visitors about what will be shown at the conference. However, such lists were always closed, the inner section, and access to them is provided through password, and for more than 20 years have not caused any problems. When we learned about the vulnerability on the website, we immediately removed it, closing the access to personal data. We regret the incident and apologize, and have taken measures to ensure that such does not happen again,” said ESA.
Here’s the first contact from the ESA. It doesn’t confirm I am on the list (I am), what details have been shared, or give an explanation as to how this happened. This is, even at this stage, surprisingly poor. pic.twitter.com/5DEtb3M1hF
Nathan Ditum (@NathanDitum) 3 Aug 2019.
However, journalists, personal information which was leaked, criticized the reaction of the organizers of E3: reporters outraged, in particular, that ESA found no need to give details to the victims about the incident. “Here is the first letter from ESA. It is not reported nor included my data in the merged list (and they are), nor what specific information was in the public domain, nor how such could happen. This is an extremely weak response,” said the editor of PlayStation Access Nathan Ditum.
The ESA response has been astonishingly weak so far. I need to see a lot, lot more before I consider sending Eurogamer journalists to another E3. https://t.co/4vrE8adhWn
– Oli Welsh (@oliwelsh) 3 Aug 2019.
“The current reaction of the ESA will not do. It is clearly not enough, so I decided to send journalists Eurogamer at the next E3,” said the editor of the publication Eurogamer. VentureBeat, in turn, indicates that because the list contained including data of European journalists, and was available for viewing and downloading on the territory of the EU, the European regulator has every reason to blame the ESA in violation of the GDPR and fine the Association in the amount of 20 million euros.
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