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E3 accidentally leaks info of over 2,000 journos

The organisation behind the expo stated their regret, promising the occurrence wouldn't repeat any further.

E3 accidentally leaks info of over 2,000 journos

As first discovered by YouTube content creator Sophia Narwitz, the E3-it was reported-accidentally leaked the information of more than 2,000 journalists and analysts attending the game expo. The ESA has since removed the spreadsheet from its site. But it did not do that before other people were able to download it.

In a statement to VentureBeat, the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) said, "ESA was made aware of a website vulnerability that led to the contact list of registered journalists attending E3 being made public. Once notified, we immediately took steps to protect that data and shut down the site, which is no longer available. We regret this this occurrence and have put measures in place to ensure it will not occur again."

The ESA website was likely also accessible from Europe, and it contained info for European members of the press-which could turn into a GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) issue. That is the EU regulatory framework that obliges any company that collects data to meet certain assurances of security.

The maximum fine for a GDPR violation is €20mn.

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