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Florida COVID Data Whistle-Blower Freed On Bond On Computer-Related Charges

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Former Florida Department of Health whistle-blower Rebekah Jones has been arrested by state police, accused of breaking into a state messaging system and encouraging people to “speak up.”

State police stated Monday that Jones, 31, accessed the emergency messaging system multiple times and downloaded a spreadsheet with the contact information of more than 19,000 Floridians who provided email addresses and phone numbers to the state “for emergency contact purposes.”

Jones was booked into the Leon County jail late Sunday on a charge of unauthorized access of a computer system, a third-degree felony carrying a sentence of up to 5 years in prison. She was released on a $2,500 bond following a court appearance, according to her attorney Steve Dobson on Monday.

Read more from our news partner at the Miami Herald.