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Jeb Bush Posts Emails Containing Social Security Numbers

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Posted at 4:05 AM, Feb 13, 2015
and last updated 2015-02-13 04:05:00-05

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — By posting online all of his personal email from his eight years as Florida's governor, Jeb Bush sought to show himself as a tech-savvy executive, in touch with constituents and an active administrator.

But tucked away in a small percentage of those hundreds of thousands of messages were the names, birthdates and Social Security numbers of more than 12,000 people. A data security firm, Identity Finder, audited the database.

By Thursday, Bush had removed the private information from all but a few hundred of the emails he had posted to a website, jebemails.com.

Bush's attempt to demonstrate transparency comes as he prepares for a likely presidential run in 2016. A Bush spokesman says his political action committee, Right to Rise, wasn't involved in the email-posting effort.