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U.S. Soccer Disclosed USWNT Players' Personal Information in Suit

This is a pretty outrageous mistake.

by Sean Newell
Feb 4 2016, 10:41pm

U.S. Soccer filed a suit against the women's national team in federal court Wednesday and appended to the papers was an exhibit that disclosed the names, home addresses, and email addresses of 28 players. Among the women U.S. Soccer doxxed were Megan Rapinoe, Abby Wamback, Alex Morgan, and World Cup superstar Carli Lloyd. The information was available via the court's website last night, but is no longer accessible as of this morning.

The New York Times spoke to Rapinoe, and she sounded off on the disclosure:

"Naturally, we're upset," midfielder Megan Rapinoe said on Thursday. "The players are very, very upset. We feel disrespected. We feel that our personal information, our privacy and our safety was handled frivolously and with real negligence. I doubt it was purposeful, but it's an egregious error, and one that's unacceptable.

"We're public figures. There have been issues of privacy and hacking and stalkers — it's very unsettling. We're upset. To know that someone could show up at your door? That's extremely unsettling, and it's something that you can't get back."

Rapinoe is likely correct that it was a mistake because after receiving an email from players' association counsel Richard Nichols Thursday morning, U.S. Soccer apologized and promised "to immediately retract and redact the exhibits to delete players' private information." It's unclear whether the information was contained in a standalone document included in error—a service list, for instance—or if it was part of some larger document—the previous CBA, perhaps—and U.S. Soccer simply neglected to redact the information in the submitted exhibits.

Unfortunately, this is the internet and it's almost certain that someone, somewhere has all of that private information saved somewhere.

[New York Times]