Online Court Records Causing Problems
from the getting-rid-of-practical-obscurity-not-such-a-good-thing- dept
Court records are public documents. However, it’s not likely your neighbor is going to go look up how many speeding tickets you’ve received, or if you were once arrested for hitting your spouse. That takes a little too much effort… unless all that data is on the web (NY Times, registration blah blah). The county court clerk in Cinicinnatti thought it would be a good idea to put the court records online. They are public documents, after all, and they were already scanned into a digital format. It seemed like a no brainer, until everyone realized what sort of info was being shared – and everyone started spying on everyone else.