More than fifty states filed lawsuits Tuesday in federal court seeking access to data from websites that were set up for use by people who had purchased a product from a U.N. agency.
The lawsuits, filed in the Eastern District of Texas, come after U.K. regulators and the Trump administration issued a public alert about a “hack” of the U.
World Food Program (WFP) website.
The U.R.N.’s World Food Programme, which manages the WFP’s international food distribution network, said Tuesday that its website and social media accounts had been hacked, and that “an attack on our systems has compromised the identity of our customers and staff, as well as the personal information that they have provided.”
The WFP has been under fire for not providing enough information about its own customers to the Trump White House.
In December, the administration issued an executive order asking agencies to disclose the identity and other information of individuals who have purchased food from the agency.
The White House has said it has been able to provide some of that information, but not all.
The new lawsuits were filed in federal district courts in Texas and Pennsylvania.
They accuse the WSP of violating the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), which bars foreign government officials from influencing U.W. political candidates or policies.
The lawsuit seeks information about who authorized the WSPA’s use of social media, the websites used to distribute food and other items, and the names of the companies and individuals who received food from them.
The WSP said it had not received the new lawsuits.
“We are reviewing the claims and will determine whether we are able to defend our position,” WSP spokesperson Paul Tully said in a statement.
The complaints allege that the WFS, which oversees WFP operations in the U, was negligent in its handling of its customers’ information, and in failing to notify the Trump team of the breaches.
In its letter to the UWFP, the Trump agency noted that it did not know about the hack until December.
The complaint also accuses WFS of failing to disclose its “full scope” of operations, which it said it did when it signed a contract with the Trump Administration in 2016.
The WFS is currently negotiating a new contract with another U.A.E. agency, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), to manage its food distribution and distribution network in the Middle East.
The Trump administration said that the UAPA would not apply for the UDP contract.WFS said in its letter that it has hired a forensic firm to investigate whether its servers had been breached.
The U.APA, which is responsible for overseeing the WFPA, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.