You’re doing a heckuva job there, Bushie!
Jeb “The Smart One” Bush, presidential light horse, GOP heir apparent, and Governor of the state of Florida, is truly a man of the people.
If by “people” you mean “Florida Man.”
Approximately ten hours ago Bush announced on Facebook that he was releasing a book based on his email exchanges with Floridians. All presidential candidates must release books in order to be considered serious; you can thank Jack Kennedy and his Pulitzer for that. But most of them have at least pretended to more gravitas than, say, “The Collected Phone Messages: 2000-2010.” It’s unclear how many Floridians knew they were giving up copyright to their own letters to Bush and his literary agent when they wrote to him as their Governor, but it’s pretty certain none of them anticipated that their Governor was about to dox them in print.
The 250,000 or so emails are available in a searchable database and include the unredacted email addresses and digital signatures of the senders; many also include their addresses, work places, or even social security numbers.
Comments on Facebook were predictably acerbic. “Someone give Jeb a honorable anon title! Not many Anons have doxed that many people,” said commenter Kristian Christensen in the group for hacker magazine 2600: The Hacker Quarterly. In that same thread, however, commenter Mark Davis pointed out, “The sunshine laws in the state of Florida allows anyone to access the (state controlled) emails (sent and received) to any state official upon request.”
Still, in an age when even cafes warn you about privacy when you log on to their wifi, you’d expect a self-proclaimed transparency supporter like Bush to let people know with a pop-up, a sentence on his contact form, or even a modified vacation responder when they email him that their metadata and personal details may end up splashed all over the internet and even possibly the best-seller list.
Does anyone else hear that loud chuckling coming from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London?