October 20, 2003 11:23 | Comments (0) | big brother, St. Louis |
A while back I wrote a letter to the St. Louis County Department of Revenue expressing my displeasure at how easy it was to obtain sensitive information (such as home addresses) on their web site. Apparently, I wasn’t alone. It took them a few months, but they finally responded to my letter.
I recognize the public nature of real estate records (although I don’t agree with it), but it is simply irresponsible for a government agency to make these data too readily available. Although anyone can go to the County Clerk’s office and look up this information, I believe it is necessary to maintain that level of difficulty in order to separate those who wish to obtain the information for legitimate reasons from those who might be seeking it for more impulsive and mischievous purposes.