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E3 Website Contained Public Spreadsheet of Over 2,000 Attendees’ Personal Information

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The Entertainment Software Association, better known as the ESA, has been violating the privacy of a list of media-related attendees of the gaming industry’s largest event for an undisclosed amount of time.

Just hours ago, Sophia Narwitz, an independent journalist who recently resigned from her position as a senior writer for Niche Gamer, released a video detailing how the official website of the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) contained a public link to a spreadsheet with thousands of rows of personal information belonging to media members from both the gaming and entertainment industries.

These 2,025 rows include columns revealing each individual’s company name, first name, last name, title, email address, physical address (street, state, ZIP code, and country), and phone number.

The “Helpful Links” page on the E3 website, which pointed to this spreadsheet, has since been taken down and now returns a 404 error.

Narwitz has stated that the Entertainment Software Association has not followed up with her on her report of this incident, and a public statement has yet to be made.

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Craig Snyder
Craig fell in love with video games after being spoiled with all of the NES games he could ever want as a kid, and his passion for gaming continues decades later. After discovering a knack for writing in grade school, the two have come together nicely for him. River City Ransom and Final Fantasy VII are his jams.

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