Charles Davis

By Russell Perkins Does the act of putting public records on the Web and making them more broadly and conveniently accessible make them "too public" by opening them to casual browsing and easy searching? On first examination, the answer seems obvious. After all, a public record by definition is a record available to the public. How can more convenient public access to public information be a bad thing? Some groups, including privacy advocates, law- enforcement agencies and other public officials, think that unrestricted Web access to public records may not be a good idea. The term used to describe the state of

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