PRC Rebutts Newspaper Editorial Lauding Full Disclosure of Personal Information of Campaign Contributors on www.fundrace.org

Your March 30th editorial on the website www.FundRace.org has it wrong. You tell people "there's no reason to fear" the fact that their name, home address, occupation, and campaign contribution information is on the Internet for all the world to see. But many individuals have very legitimate reasons to not want their home address posted on the Internet.

Vigilantism against a wrongfully convicted sex offender

December 31, 1969
December 31,1969

He is a registered sex offender, having been wrongfully accused of molestation by a vengeful adult-age daughter. In June 1995 the state of California opened up a 900-number hotline in which callers can get information about registered sex offenders. Someone in the neighborhood found out that Ted was on the list.

Wrongfully arrested and jailed

December 31, 1969
December 31,1969

Carole went to a city office to take a civil service test. Two days later, two police officers came to her house and arrested her for stealing a car.

She Paid Her Dues...

December 31, 1969
December 31,1969

Although her supervisor insists that the details of her case did not affect the decision to fire her, she is convinced that the indiscretion of the monitoring company's employee resulted in her losing her j

All-Seeing Eyes

December 31, 1969
December 31,1969

The survey asked Fred to report the final destination of his trip and other questions which he found to be very intrusive.

The Whole Family is Affected

December 31, 1969
December 31,1969

A court ordered Bob to have a breath analyzer installed in the family car after being convicted of drunk driving. He can't drive and has had his license revoked. Every member of the household must breathe into the device. If alcohol above a certain level is detected, the driver is unable to start the car. Bob's wife Linda reports that many kinds of odors stop the car, not only alcohol.

Unwanted Sexually Explicit Mai

December 31, 1969
December 31,1969

The Postal Inspector was not aware that the Postal Service offers its customers a form to fill out that notifies the mailers to stop sending sexually explicit mail.

Disasters and Your Privacy

Nobody likes to think about the possibility of a natural disaster or a terrorist act.   But as victims of natural disasters such as Hurricane Katrina can attest, it’s important to prepare for a disaster before it happens.  Certainly, your first concerns in an emergency should be your safety and basic needs such as shelter, food and water.  While there are many resources that can assist you with those concerns, this alert will focus on protecting your privacy and personal information during and after a disaster.

It’s important to realize that different types of disasters are likely to result in different consequences.  You may be asked to shelter in place, to evacuate to a facility in your own community, or possibly to relocate to a far-off location in another state.  Or you may choose to stay with a relative or friend.  Likewise, you may be able to return to your home after a short while, or there may be an extended period of absence.  In the worst case, your home and its contents may be completely destroyed.

Comments In Opposition to the Court Technnology Committee Draft Rule: Access to Electronic Records

The Draft Rule endorsed by the Court Technology Committee would require that all records a court makes available to the public also be made available electronically. This Draft Rule is actually the recommendation of only the minority of members of the Privacy and Access Subcommittee. The majority recommended an Alternate Draft Rule ("Alternate Rule") which would require electronic access only to specified index information in case files, exclusive of all non-public data and references to cases, courts or persons, other than the parties and their attorneys.

Public Records on the Internet: The Privacy Dilemma

One of the most challenging public policy issues of our time is the balancing act between access to public records and personal privacy - the difficulty of accommodating both personal privacy interests and the public interest of transparent government. I will discuss the privacy implications of making public records containing personal information available on the Internet. I list nine negative consequences of the availability of public records online. I conclude by offering 11 recommendations for safeguarding personal privacy while upholding the public policy reason for providing access, that being to promote government accountability.

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