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Privacy Issues Impact Posting Personal Data on E-Gov Sites

Government officials throughout the country are evaluating the risks and benefits of posting personal data about citizens and public official on e-gov sites, such as is increasingly the case with real estate records and court related documents. This Government Technology article reviews the challenges posed by this issue, and the range of responses, and non responses, that have resulted.
Related references:
Testimony of Joan Humphrey Lefkow, United States District Judge, Northern District of Illinois, before the Judiciary Committee of the United States Senate, May 18, 2005:

  • “I urge your support for legislation that prohibits the posting of personal information about judges and other public officials on the Internet without written consent”
  • House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security Testimony, Judge Cynthia Stevens Kent, 114th Judicial District Court, Smith County, Texas. Date of testimony: April 26, 2005. Subcommittee Subject: HR 1751 – A bill to protect judges, witnesses, victims, and their family members and for other purposes:

  • “Public access to certain private information on judges should be limited or pulled, if requested, from public view. For example diagrams of the judge’s homes should not be included on the website of the local tax appraisal district.”
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