“There may be not a strong foundation to recommend the Publish-Dispatch did something mistaken. The story merely factors out that authorities dropped the ball. It’s to the general public’s profit that this data be on the market to guard delicate data,” Maneke stated.
Auditor Nicole Galloway, a Democrat who was defeated by Parson within the 2020 gubernatorial election, stated the onus is on authorities to guard its residents.
“State companies that gather delicate, personally identifiable data have an obligation to fastidiously consider whether or not they should gather it within the first place after which how they are going to defend it,” Galloway stated.
In a press release, Home Minority Chief Crystal Quade, D-Springfield, blasted Parson for describing the incident as a hacking.
“As an alternative of falsely blaming the St. Louis Publish-Dispatch for a ‘hacking’ that by no means occurred, Governor Parson ought to thank the paper for uncovering a critical flaw in a state web site that uncovered the private data of greater than 100,000 Missouri educators,” Quade stated.
“The governor ought to direct his anger in direction of the failure of state authorities to maintain its expertise safe and updated and to work to repair the issue, not threaten journalists with prosecution for uncovering these failures,” she stated.