Saturday, October 12, 2002

 

From CNN.com - Courts reconsidering posting records online - Oct. 12, 2002. Yikes! Here's a difficult situation: public records are being made available online. This makes public records more accessible: instead of being locked away in a filing cabinet in a dusty basement, records areeasily accessible through the web. Theoretically, a good idea, right? THis is public information, information to which average citizens have a right. Except that these records have facilitated identity theft, and jurors and others are afraid that public records online may allow people to track them down and harass them (or worse).

This AP article suggests that a new approach to public records is needed: public records should be available online or in print, but what is considered public may need to change. There is a fine line to walk here between protecting public access and protecting individual privacy.

- posted by laurie @ 10/12/2002 04:15:00 PM
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