The situation continues to get worse for ESA. It has now emerged that E3 2018’s information about analysts, content creators, and journalists was also available for the public to see and for a long time.
According to GameDaily.biz, private details of journalists, analysts and content creators who visited E3 2018 were available for download. The data was accessible through a download link. What’s worse is the fact that the link was available for more than a year.
GameDaily gained proof about ESA leak from two different sources. The first source said that he discovered the ESA leak back in August 2018. On the other hand, the second source discovered the leak in September and informed ESA about the issue. Further, the source says that he never got a response from the Entertainment Software Association.
In addition to this, the source claims that the download link was removed this week. If true, it means that ESA removed the details of 2018 and 2019 altogether.
“I was absolutely infuriated when the ESA released their statement saying it had never happened before. They lied, knowing what they did, and that’s why I decided to bring the evidence to you today,” the source told GameDaily.biz.
For those who don’t know, details of people who attended E3 2019 were available via E3’s website. The information included personal details like names, addresses, phone numbers and more. All of the information was accessible through a URL.
The link was removed shortly after the general public became aware of the problem. Following the first leak, ESA issued a statement to say that they have put measures to make sure that it never happens again.
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.
Given that the situation is now worse, the leak can turn into a GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) issue. That’s possible because the list contained information of European members of the press. And a fine for GDPR violation is 20 Million Euros.
We hope to hear from the Entertainment Software Association regarding the 2018 data leak soon.