If you e-mailed Jeb Bush during the eight years he was governor of Florida, chances are your contact information and whatever you said to him just got posted on the Internet.
On Tuesday, the likely presidential contender released more than 4 gigabytes of constituent e-mail in an effort to demonstrate his commitment to transparency.
"They're all here," Bush wrote on his Web site, "so you can read them and make up your own mind."
There's just one problem: The e-mails all contain unredacted e-mail addresses, details about business operations and, according to the Verge, even Social Security numbers.
The e-mails can be browsed publicly, meaning anyone can poke around and find out detailed data that can be used to identify specific individuals — a privacy no-no that has Bush doing a bit of backtracking.
One April 2004 note from the shrimping industry is marked "CONFIDENTIAL MEMO," but the entire e-mail is reproduced online in plain text.
Another e-mail, from 2006, offered to connect Bush to former NFL player Deion Sanders to discuss Florida housing. In an ironic twist, the writer hinted at the permanence of electronic messaging and highlighted the risk that Sanders's number might accidentally get exposed:
He gave me permission to give you his cell number, but I don't want to do it via e-mail. It's kind of like "Mission Impossible" - you have to pretty well burn the information after use!! I could get it to you next mentoring day.
I will get betty to call you to get the number and I will call and dispose of it afterwards.
Although Sanders's direct number may have been protected that time, the same probably can't be said of many others who interacted with Bush.
Appended to each of Bush's outgoing e-mails are a disclaimer noting that Florida "has a very broad public records law. Most written communications to or from state officials regarding state business are public records available to the public and media upon request. Your e-mail communications may therefore be subject to public disclosure."
On Tuesday, Bush said his office would remove the personal information.
Jeb on private info in emails: “we’re going to take it off”
— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) February 10, 2015
As of this writing, though, the database is still up and running.
"This set of emails on our website is an exact replica of the public records on file with the Florida Department of State and are available at anyone's request under Chapter 119 sunshine laws," Bush spokeswoman Kristy Campbell, said in a statement. "We have redacted personal identifying information from two emails brought to our attention. We are doing an electronic search for any additional emails that may fall into this category and will do the same."
This story has been updated