Debate On Public Access to Public Records Online Escalates

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on June 24, 2007

WSJ free feature: When Public Records Are Too Public – Open Records Are an Established Tradition, But Does Internet Access Call for a Change?: “Property deeds, marriage and divorce records, court files, motor-vehicle information and tax documents are increasingly being digitized, and contain a wealth of information that few of us would want online: Social Security numbers, birth dates, maiden names and images of our signatures. Local governments have rushed to put those documents online for a decade or so, often without scrubbing them of such information. And that’s made them potentially fertile ground for busybodies, stalkers and identity thieves.”

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