The latest on real estate recordings and new technology from the Middlesex North Registry of Deeds in Lowell
Google just never stops…Now the search giant has agreed to help four states (Arizona, California, Utah and Virginia) to get rid of paper public records. No,… strong armed Google employees are not going to walk into these statehouses and begin filling a dumpster with public documents…rather than muscle, Google is offering brainpower… providing consulting and software for scanning free. The company’s ultimate goal is to make all public records available online. Google is also in talks with a few Federal Agencies attempting to develop partnerships with them. Of course, the mass scanning of public records brings up the important privacy debate. Since 9/11 this issue has intensified. Marc Rotenberg, Executive Director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center feels that many records especial ones health related should not be made public because they contain people’s Social Security numbers. In California the CIO has directed all state agencies to redact Social Security numbers from public documents before they are made available on the Internet. It probably won’t be long before the other three participating states do the same.
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