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State Removes Millions of Public Court Records

ONLINE PRIVACY—U.S.

July 2, 2012

The state of Pennsylvania has taken down millions of public records from a court system website prompting a debate over privacy and availability, the Associated Press reports. According to state officials, electronic copies are being treated like paper ones, which are destroyed after a set period of time. Removed records include minor violations such as traffic offenses, landlord-tenant disputes and small lawsuits, while serious crimes remain public. A state court representative said the removal is consistent with the Pennsylvania's Supreme Court guidelines. The key is protecting the privacy of individuals involved, he added. Others criticize the move, saying it makes finding public data more difficult.   
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