Wednesday, February 11, 2015

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If any of my fellow Floridians wrote an e-mail to Jeb Bush during his tenure as governor of the state, the whole world now knows it.

Jeb Bush, a rumored 2016 Republican presidential candidate, just decided to publish hundreds of thousands of emails sent to him during his time as governor of Florida. On its face it seems like a great idea in the name of transparency, but there’s one huge problem: neither Bush nor those who facilitated the publication of the records, including the state government, decided to redact potentially sensitive personal information from them.

“In the spirit of transparency, I am posting the emails of my governorship here,” a note on Bush’s website says. “Some are funny; some are serious; some I wrote in frustration.” Some also contain the email addresses, home addresses, phone numbers, and social security numbers of Florida residents. The emails are available in Outlook format, and can be searched on the web at Bush’s website.

I’m guessing this was not the brainchild of Mr. Bush’s new technology officer who took the time to purge his electronic filing cabinet of misogynistic and homophobic musings.

The campaign later figured out the oops and took the raw e-mails down, but oh well, dems da berries in the digital age.

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  1. I did love how the JEB machine explicitly stated that everything they released was in the FL Dept. of State records and available under FL’s Sunshine Law (which BTW would only have made public those records on request and would have redacted the sensitive data before release). I hope every Floridian whose personal data was exposed in this incident takes the JEB machine to court – and that every bank or financial institution whose customers were impacted, every medical facility whose patients’ confidentiality was compromised, and every other negatively impacted business at least files amicus briefs for the plaintiffs. Real people were materially harmed here, and the ignorami who did this should be held accountable.

    Apparently the incident (among others) cost JEB’s CTO his job: hired to terminated in 48 hours. Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy.

    Incompetence, thy name is Bush.

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