America For Sale, Inquire Online

David Bloys - Stalking the Stalkers

 

Are the private lives of American citizens a commodity for sale?

Some companies and government agencies seem to think so.

 

 The intent of the legislators who wrote the State Open Records Acts and Federal Freedom of Information Act was to provide the citizens with reasonable access to their publicly held records.

 

When the state open records acts were written Identity thieves were rummaging through trash bins and stealing wallets for the information they needed. Stalkers risked detection when they tried to find their victims and terrorism was something tragic that was happening in Ireland. The Internet was beyond anyone’s imagination.

 

Look what has happened since . . .

 

 

Today stalkers find the home addresses of their victims at the click of a mouse. Identity thieves search billions of public documents online to download millions of names, social security numbers, and home addresses. Nigerian Scam Schools hold classes to teach their students the easy way to steal your identity online. The well-trained modern day terrorist uses our online public records to seek out soft targets like high pressure gas lines, bridges and political, economic and religious leaders.

 

You might think that technology is to blame, but it isn’t. Technology only made it practical for anyone to buy the public record in bulk. Technology provided the means to condense whole collections of private, sensitive and confidential documents into a single hard drive or a few computer disks. In digital form millions of documents are carried off in a briefcase or silently transmitted electronically to anywhere in the world for less than the price truckload of wheat. Is it any wonder bulk purchasers of public documents see the public record as a commodity to be sold in the world market? But the documents are not grains of wheat. They are the individual records of private individuals placed in the public trust of the community. The records were not placed into the public trust to be sold and resold in bulk like shipments of wheat to India, or Afghanistan.