The committee wants to place online access on hold "until policies are developed that appropriately balance privacy with access," according to the report. To date, a lack of such policies has led to numerous inconsistencies within Florida's court system. County court clerks choose which records are available online, which means that documents from domestic relations cases are online in Manatee County, Fla., but aren't in Sarasota County.
The courts now must grapple with ways to avoid deleting essential information from public records, as well as preventing sensitive information from being posted online. With the latter issue, there's ample cause for concern--detailed court files can contain information ranging from social security numbers to psychiatric histories.