Here’s an interesting story from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette entitled, Court Web Site Easy Pickings for ID Thieves, about the inclusion of sensitive personal data in publicly available court documents available on the Internet. Here’s a bit from the article:
For nearly a year, the Allegheny County prothonotary’s office has been electronically scanning court documents in civil cases, including divorces and child custody cases, and posting them online for public access.
The problem is that many of the files contain potentially sensitive personal data, including birth dates, Social Security numbers, even bank account numbers — the information ID thieves crave in order to steal people’s identities.
Source: Rorry Perry’s Weblog