Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) said Thursday that it has released nearly 3,000 detained immigrants in response to a data leak last year that resulted in personal information for thousands of immigrants in detention being posted online.
The agency was hit by an initial data leak on Nov. 28, which led to the information — including names, locations and other personally identifiable information — of 6,200 immigrants being published online. Of those, 5,100 were in custody while another 1,000 had been removed or released already.
ICE said the incident came while the agency was performing routine website updates and was up for approximately five hours before it was eventually removed. The document in question contained information related to those in ICE custody on Nov. 19, meaning if they weren’t in custody on that date, they were not affected.
A separate December incident involved the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) accidentally