We Can Still Put North Dakota’s Court Records Online, but We Need the Legislature to Weigh in First

North Dakota Supreme Court chambers. John Hageman / Forum News Service

Our current laws and rules may have been sufficient in an era where getting these records meant traveling to a courthouse, or at the very least, communicating with a clerk to get them mailed or emailed, but the internet has changed things. Not only can these records be accessed by anyone online, but nothing is stopping third-party companies or organizations from scooping all of this data up and using it for their ends. We need new laws and new rules.

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Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com, a columnist for the Forum News Service, and host of the Plain Talk Podcast which you can subscribe to by clicking here.

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