Alaska Officials Won't Turn Over Diebold Voting Files
from the proprietary-data dept
The saga of Diebold continues, this time in a different state. According to Slashdot, a group has requested the data from voting machines in Alaska to examine them for problems, but Diebold is refusing, saying the data format is a trade secret. The company has volunteered to convert the data to something like Excel, but there are concerns that in transferring, important information will be lost. As some e-voting reform advocates point out, it's a bit silly for Diebold to claim that their file format is a trade secret, as it's been revealed in other states and on some websites as well. Either way, shouldn't it be a concern to everyone that our voting records are being held in some sort of proprietary data format and cannot be revealed? You would think it should be a requirement that at least the data format is open.