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April 11, 2006 / gus3

I Just Don’t Get Florida

I used to think the outrageous news about stupid government mostly came from California. Over the past few years, I’ve noticed that more and more of it seems to be coming from Florida.

The latest juicy bit (pun intended) comes from Broward County, home of Fort Lauderdale. The unexpurgated public records before 2002 are available for general perusal. That includes anything already in the records, including "Social Security numbers, driver’s license information and bank account details."

Great, so Castro can go fishing for the people he wants dead. And he can do it from the comfort of his own mansion!

Get a load of this official "excuse" for such recklessness, from the director of the Records Division, Sue Baldwin:

Recorders have no statutory authority to automatically remove Social Security, bank account and driver’s license numbers.

That’s beside the point. Those records have no business being online for viewing by every petty tyrant and identity thief from all over the world.

This is, without a doubt, one of the biggest failures in recent memory of a government body to serve the public interest, surpassed (so far) only by the sanctioned murder of Terri Schindler. Someone needs to file a lawsuit, soon, before Broward citizens get into massive financial and legal trouble.

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  1. Computerworld Blogs / Apr 12 2006 11:10 am

    Fla. springs info. leak (and hurray for sysadmins)

    Kowabunga! It’s IT Blogwatch, in which Florida has a security blowout. Not to mention the sysadmin song…

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