Much data, such as birth certificates, is public but should not be readily available to everyone. Before computerization such records were protected by the difficulty in accessing them. Now databases are created so that corporations can mail advertising to all blue eyed Hispanics born on a Wednesday. I think it is a good idea to make most government records public but there should be some control and limitation placed on personalized information. Perhaps a box could be checked on government forms to authorize release of information. Categorize information; open without limits (criminal records of those on probation), limited personal information that requires permission for release (birth records, tax records) and private information (medical records).
Idea No. 327