Tag Archives: Public Records

Fee-Based People Search Site Takes Heat

NYTimes – “Web sites that charge to provide you with personal information are not held in high esteem by many. A number of them are outright frauds, making money in exchange for information that can easily be found for free, or by taking your money and giving you no information in return.”

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Statistics for a changing world: Google Public Data Explorer in Labs

Google Blog – “Last year, we released a public data search feature that enables people to quickly find useful statistics in search. More recently, we expanded this service to include information from the World Bank, such as population data for every region in the world. More and more public agencies, non-profits and other organizations are looking for ways to open up their data and expand global access to this kind of information. We want to help keep that momentum going, so today we’re sharing a snapshot of some of the most popular public data search topics on Google. We’re also launching the Google Public Data Explorer, an experimental visualization tool in Google Labs.”

More here

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Court ruling guts state public record law, lawyer says

Fairbanks Daily News Miner – “If the state does not preserve a document, then it isn’t a public document, a recent court ruling suggests, which could give public employees the power to keep anything private by failing to preserve it. Veteran Alaska attorney Don Mitchell has appealed the ruling, saying that it “guts” the law requiring that government records be made public.”

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New Web site sheds light on state spending (TN)

Tennessean – “The Tennessee Center for Policy Research has just launched a Web site — OpenTennessee.org — that makes this information accessible at the click of a mouse. OpenTennessee.org is the state’s only searchable, comprehensive transparency Web site. Tennesseans now can access state employee payrolls, retiree pensions and every single payment made by state agencies to individuals and businesses. The site tracks billions of dollars, right down to the agency, person and penny.”

Direct to OpenTennessee

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Bill would limit access to online court records

Journal Sentinel – “Madison — Public access to online court records would be dramatically scaled back under a bill before the state Assembly. The bill by Rep. Marlin Schneider (D-Wisconsin Rapids) would make court records available online only for those who are convicted of a crime, found liable in a civil case, evicted, or issued a restraining order or injunction by the court.” (via)

Read the bill.

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