Florida releases personal data on 13,000 people, issues ‘fraud’ alert

Steve Bousquet reports:

For the second time in two months, Gov. Rick Scott’s administration has acknowledged it inadvertently released confidential personal data of private citizens, prompting the state to offer free credit monitoring services to protect people from being victims of identity theft.

The Department of State said it released names, dates of birth and Social Security numbers of about 13,000 people who were on waiting lists for services for the developmentally disabled in 2003, when Jeb Bush was governor. The information was included in emails that the state released last year to Bush, who’s exploring a run for president in 2016.

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