Bush touts his technical prowess, referring to himself as “The eGovernor” for how easy it was to email with him when he was in office. He is expected to declare his desire to run for president in 2016, but he’s already created a major privacy blunder.
Bush’s latest project, which is designed to show the world that he is really hip and knows technology, is called Jeb Emails. It is a huge open database of correspondence to and from his firstname.lastname@example.org email address, publishes the names, messages, and email addresses of his constituents who emailed him during his eight years in office.
However it is a huge misuse of the data sent to him because people did not expect them to be made public.
One woman said that she emailed Governor Bush when the state was going through the initial insurance crisis but she never gave permission to publish the emails.
She was a little embarrassed that one of the emails showed her worried about “illegal immigrants” as her feelings had changed on that subject and she hated to unduly upset anyone.
However he has had two internet related cock-ups in as many days from his campaign. His office admitted that they had asked their new Chief Technology Officer to delete jokes he’d tweeted about “sluts”.
Now the Verge has uncovered emails that contain Social Security numbers, home addresses, and other personal information from Floridians.