Fri. 20 Aug 2010. 5:06 pm
We are dealing with information that some people may consider private and personal. We need to respect that. But at the same time there is information that some people may feel is private and personal but in reality is not. So, for the purposes of this blog site, I’ll lay out a few rules.
There are two types of personal information: public and private. Public information is what can be found in government records. Private information is harder to determine but a good example are your medical records.
For this blog site “public record” is defined as
..information that has been filed or recorded by local, state, federal or other government agencies, such as corporate and property records. Public records are created by the federal and local government, (vital records, immigration records, real estate records, driving records, criminal records, etc.) or by the individual (magazine subscriptions, voter registration, etc.). Most essential public records are maintained by the government and many are accessible to the public either free-of-charge or for an administrative fee. Availability is determined by federal, state, and local regulations.
Public records are held in physical files. Many public records are available via Internet or other sources; even though public records are indeed “public”, their accessibility is not always simple, free or easy. SOURCE
And private records are just about everything else.
But even though we can use public record information there are a few additional rules
- If the person is no longer living then all information will be
considered public, including
- Date of birth and location
- Past addresses (unless someone currently alive is still living there)
- Immigration records
- Date of death and location
- Date of burial and location
- If the person is currently alive then the following information will not, unless authorized by that person, be published on this blog site, including
- Current address and telephone numbers
- Past or present email addresses
- Social website information, such as Facebook or Myspace
- Past or present employment information
- Past or present educational information
Any information posted that you think it is too personal or private you may request, in writing (email is ok), for that information to be removed. Be very specific as to what you want removed. We’ll review your request and get back to you.
That’s about it.