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Did COVID-19 Data Whistleblower Hack Florida’s Emergency Alert System? Police Raid Home

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TALLAHASSEE

The home of the former Department of Health data scientist who has been running an alternative web site to the state’s COVID dashboard was raided Monday morning by state police, according to a post she put on Twitter late in the day.

“There will be no update today. At 8:30 am this morning, state police came into my house and took all my hardware and tech. They were serving a warrant on my computer after DOH filed a complaint. They pointed a gun in my face. They pointed guns at my kids,’’ wrote Rebekah Jones at 5 p.m.

Jones was fired from her job in May as the geographic information system manager for DOH’s Division of Disease Control and Health Protection after she complained in an email to users of a state data portal that the state was manipulating data. She announced that she had been removed from overseeing the dashboard and hinted that she had been stripped of the responsibility as a result of raising concerns about the state’s commitment to transparency.

Read more at our news partner the Miami Herald.