Oct. 4, 2017
Joshua Geltzer was quoted in the Daily Beast regarding cybersecurity and the Pence-Kobach Commission:
On Tuesday, Judge Sulak of Texas’s 353rd Civil District Court issued a temporary restraining order barring Texas election officials from sharing voters’ information with Kobach’s commission. His stated reason: sharing the information “may imminently violate” Texas law since there are not “appropriate precautions to safeguard the privacy and security of that information.”
The ruling is in response to a lawsuit that the League of Women Voters and the Texas State Conference of the NAACP brought against the Texas secretary of state. There have been numerous other lawsuits launched against the commission and at least 44 states have said they would not be handing over any or some of the information that Kobach has requested.
Kobach has insisted that his requests fall within legal bounds. But his own office in Kansas has said it won’t be turning over information to the Trump commission.
The Texas ruling was hailed by critics of Kobach’s efforts as a victory for privacy rights.
“We’re pleased the judge is blocking them from giving it to somebody who has not at all explained to them or anyone else any plans to keep that information safe,” said Joshua Geltzer, a Georgetown Law professor who filed a declaration on cybersecurity concerns that the judge cited in his order.