How does AFSCME safeguard member information and privacy? The Local has depersonalized E-mail accounts for officers that reference without names to elected office titles or positions.

The range of security threats from malicious or criminal actors includes cyberbullying, cyberstalking, honey-trapping, doxing, phishing, catfishing.  On-line social media continues reaping massive profits on the hidden, darker side of human nature in an ever-expanding Internet hate multiverse. One example of bigtime contacts and passwords harvesting:

Examples of QR codes coming to homes of union members: can you tell which are from friends and which from foes?  QR code found on residential bulk mailings

There is a Council 5 mandatory non-disclosure agreement all Local officers must sign.
     Non-disclosure form for Council 5

Compromising breaches of personal data can occur following theft of employer IT equipment, and because employers are forced by law to comply with public records requests, remember anyone can legally file for access, for any reason, at any time.
     MnDOT data breach 2013
     Public records request released personal data
     Names of volunteers at State agencies are not private

When commercial interests approach the union with discounted offers to billboard products and offer benefit services, unacceptable pressures for release of union member data have at times emerged.  There have been asks for union-compiled bulk lists of individual private, personal profile data to be resold to unnamed third parties.  Selling and trading customer data has long been practiced in financial, insurance, travel and hospitality industries. Agreeing to terms for enrolling in a union benefit program may at some future date, lead to compromised privacy of personal information.
     Financial lenders trolling for member data


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