California state's gun control websites expose 10 years of personal data

A California state website exposed the personal details of anyone who applied for a concealed-and-carry weapons (CCW) permit between 2011 and 2021.

According to the California Department of Justice, the blunder happened earlier this week when the US state's Firearms Dashboard Portal was overhauled.

In addition to that portal, data was exposed on several other online dashboards provided the state, including: Assault Weapon Registry, Handguns Certified for Sale, Dealer Record of Sale, Firearm Safety Certificate, and Gun Violence Restraining Order dashboards.

The Cali DOJ noted that the dashboards and data were available to the public "for less than 24 hours," and the information exposed included names, dates of birth, gender, race, driver license numbers, addresses, and criminal histories. It did not, however, expose Social Security numbers and financial information, according to the West Coast state.

Still, some private information may have been posted on social media websites, according to the Fresno County Sheriff's Office, which initially disclosed the data leak.

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