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4/11/06

Government Help for the Phishing Industry

In yet another example of government inefficiency and lack of technical understanding, a Florida County, (Broward), is making a lot of personal data available to the public through their website.

This article tells all the details.


"The Social Security numbers, driver's license information and bank account details belonging to potentially millions of current and former residents in Florida's Broward County are available to anyone on the Internet because sensitive information has not been redacted from public records being posted on the county’s Web site.

A county official said the information available on the Web is in full compliance with state statutes that require counties to post public documents on the Internet."
Ahhhh, I see. It's okay to put all that personal information out there. It's our fault because we want public records to be public. The government can't be bothered with filtering out the personal data before posting the public data.

"Sue Baldwin, director of the Broward Count Records Division, said the county is aware of Hogman’s concerns but said that her office is in compliance with state laws requiring all state recorders to maintain a Web site for official records."
Okay, since they are in compliance with state law, everything is okay now. Wouldn't want to go above and beyond the call of duty or anything. Wouldn't want to go ahead and use any common sense. Do the very minimum you have to in order to comply with the law. Anything beyond that would be like . . . wow . . . having to think and stuff.

by Chris McElroy
More things that just piss me off

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