Personal Liberty Digest™ will be upgraded this weekend to reflect a dynamic new look and mobile-friendly viewing to enhance your experience! Plus, we'll be providing even more of the compelling content you've come to expect, delivered in a whole new way!

  Comments Subscribe to Personal Liberty News Feed Subscribe to Personal Liberty
 

Concerns raised about online criminal records

December 16, 2008 by  

You can see criminal records at the click of a mouseAt first, the idea of being able to access a person’s criminal record dating back several years may seem convenient – but what if there are errors?

That is just one of the privacy and civil liberties concerns that have been raised by groups and individuals, as more states move to introduce searchable online criminal records databases, the Associated Press reports.

These systems make delving into someone’s past easier than ever before. For example, Vermont’s system requires that you supply a person’s name, date of birth and pay a $20 fee.

But the records that are maintained online are not as comprehensive as those kept at the courthouse, prompting Allen Gilbert of the ACLU to argue that people accessing the database do not receive a full picture.

"There might be something about the conviction that if you looked at the court record, you’d better understand about what happened and what’s behind the conviction," he told the news provider.

Another concern is that of mistaken identity. Michigan warns users of its system that because it is based on name, it is not foolproof.

A recent story in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram drew attention to massive gaps in the state’s online criminal records database, which criminal justice professor Mike Vaughn attributed to human error.

ADNFCR-1961-ID-18933213-ADNFCR

Personal Liberty News Desk

Facebook Conversations

Join the Discussion:
View Comments to “Concerns raised about online criminal records”

Comment Policy: We encourage an open discussion with a wide range of viewpoints, even extreme ones, but we will not tolerate racism, profanity or slanderous comments toward the author(s) or comment participants. Make your case passionately, but civilly. Please don't stoop to name calling. We use filters for spam protection. If your comment does not appear, it is likely because it violates the above policy or contains links or language typical of spam. We reserve the right to remove comments at our discretion.

Is there news related to personal liberty happening in your area? Contact us at newstips@personalliberty.com

Bottom
close[X]

Sign Up For Personal Liberty Digest™!

PL Badge

Welcome to PersonalLiberty.com,
America's #1 Source for Libertarian News!

To join our group of freedom-loving individuals and to get alerts as well as late-breaking conservative news from Personal Liberty Digest™...

Privacy PolicyYou can opt out at any time. We protect your information like a mother hen. We will not sell or rent your email address to anyone for any reason.