Saturday, January 07, 2006

Stalking by Internet

US local governments are finding that it isn't necessarily a good idea to stick massive databases of personal information up on the Internet where they can be accessed by all kinds of whackos:

For those who need some of the information contained in transactions such as tax payments and real-estate sales, it's much easier to tap an e-government site than appear in person and leaf through paper files. But the thought that people who may want to harm others can, in a few clicks, locate home addresses and Social Security numbers of potential victims turns the stomachs of some public-sector leaders.

Fortunately, these concerns are leading some counties that are experimenting with e-government to look at how the privacy of all of their citizens can be improved. (Thanks, Alex!)

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