Officials Doing Things Right
Blocks Access to Online Records Amid Privacy Scare
Source of Title - reprinted with permission
Judith Pascale, the acting county clerk for Suffolk
County, New York recently released a statement announcing that her office
has blocked access to its online land records following reports that its
constituents' Social Security numbers were contained in various documents.
According to a statement released by her office, the county is highly
concerned about invading the privacy of others and, thus, acted to safeguard
those living in the county from online exposure.
"The people of Suffolk County can be confident that their privacy is my
number one concern and every effort will be made to keep their information
secure," Pascale said in the prepared statement. ""Fewer than 10 instances
have surfaced where Social Security numbers were identified. These images
were immediately and completely removed from the Website."
The move comes a day after Newsday reported that thousands of Social
Security numbers belonging to Suffolk homeowners could be found in copies of
mortgages and deeds filed at the clerk's office and posted online.
Clerks statewide are confronted with the same issue, added Thomas
Clingan, the county clerk for Albany County, in an interview with
Newsday.com. Clingan noted that legislation needs to be enacted
statewide that would permit clerks to reject documents that contain
personal, sensitive information. He noted that on many documents, such as
deeds and mortgages, this information is not required.
To learn more, please read "NY
County Places Sensitive Information Online."
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