We here at the Free Public Records Directory are sometimes contacted about removing personal information from public records. It seems a good idea to cover this idea on a broader basis. Neither our site, nor any other directory of public links, has the ability to remove information from public record files. Public records are generated in numerous ways – from buying a house, registering to vote, having a phone listing, to filing business records. These records are generated and then stored in a number of places – county auditor offices, recorders offices, secretary of state files, directories and many other places, including, of course, on the internet. A number of states and agencies are working to limit access to, or remove altogether, personal information, such as social security numbers, from these records. The records themselves, however, are public. Documents such as deeds, liens, and court files have always been public; it is the advent of the internet that has generated the ability to search these records from anywhere that has made people so concerned. What used to involve a trip to the courthouse or to a county office now often requires just a few minutes at the computer.
As with most things, there are positives and negatives about having all this information so readily available. People worry about their privacy when records are readily accessible. However, the ability to check on others whom you may want to hire as a contractor, retain as a lawyer or perhaps have a relationship with is of vital importance. Then there is also the ability to see what houses are selling for in your area or in an area you are interested in moving to – seeing the records for oneself helps provide key information and removes some of the dependency on relying on others, such as mortgage brokers, to make important decisions. For documents to not be made public requires legislative authority. No one company can make the decision to remove records from public view and any company that tells you otherwise is wrong. Ã¯ ¿ ½