Identity Theft, Privacy Worries Prompt Regulation Changes Online

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A new proposal in Alaska to put local officials’ forms online was struck from recent regulation updates. Despite more calls for transparency, this decision is an effort to balance the public’s “legitimate concern” for transparency and conflict of interest in public officials, versus the official’s right to privacy. This article in The Juneau Empire notes that there “is concern about identity theft risks should the filings be posted online. That was a question by a citizen — has any public official every had their identity stolen through this information being available online?”

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Elaine Rigoli

Elaine Rigoli is PRIVATE WiFi's manager of digital content strategy.