Now that 'publicly available information' is a whole lot more accessible, it IS becoming a concern.

In my country (Australia) it is even more bizarre. The database of criminal records which is publicly funded is not available to the public - only to the police, courts etc. (Schools do a criminal record check for paedophiles etc, but they don't have access to the database - they have special permission to query the police who simply say 'yes' or 'no')

But the fact that an individual has gone to court, and had a certain outcome - that is public information. So a PRIVATE database has been set up to collect that information, and for $20 will give you the criminal record of anyone you want.

So the PUBLICLY funded database is PRIVATE, and the PRIVATELY funded database is PUBLIC...

Mac.