THE VIRGINIA WATCHDOG
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WHY ARE WE RAISING HELL ON THIS WEBSITE?
Because elected Court Clerks, Recorders/Registers of Deeds, and Secretaries of States all over the U.S. are spoon feeding criminals by putting records (like these) on the internet which contain SSNs, DOBs, minor children's names, mother's maiden names, financial account numbers, and signatures. Americans should be outraged at the stupidity of our state legislators who won't stop internet access to this personal information which puts people at risk of identity theft, stalking, burglary, kidnapping, and murder even if it is on a public record. If people want to see these records, they should have to drive to the courthouse. The Virginia Watchdog, an online publication, was founded to educate the unknowing public as to how their government is putting - and has put them - at risk and has a First Amendment right of freedom of speech and freedom of the press to do so.
Many counties in many states have made records available on the internet which show too much personal like deeds, mortgages, final divorce decrees, judgments, tax liens, name change documents, Wills and other estate documents, marriage licenses, etc. But Virginia is the worst because they are allowing internet access to more types of records than any other state with records on line - except Arizona which also has a wide variety of records like Final Divorce decrees online.
And now our legislators and others want our medical records to be available online. That would put us all at risk but there are many who would profit from this dangerous scheme. Read more about this and find out why you should be worried.
"We are very stupid in this country," says BJ Ostergren, founder of The Virginia Watchdog, on CNN about this online records mess. And on CBS Evening News, she explains that because they are public records, ANYONE can have access. CNSNEWS.com had this story. And CBSSportsline.com wrote about high profile athletes being a target thanks to "online records."
Ostergren was recently in this Wall Street Journal Online article. For other news articles she has been in, click here.
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