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"States rush to remove data on residents from websites"

Well, this is good news for protecting privacy:

"States across the USA are furiously removing sensitive data from official websites.

"The task highlights challenges facing states with sites full of personal information on residents, from Social Security numbers to bank account numbers.

"Such data is available in Florida, Ohio and at least a dozen others, say privacy experts who provided USA TODAY with links to public websites. Many state laws require property records be posted online in the interest of open government.

"Once, the data was confined to books in state offices, says Daniel Solove, a privacy law professor at George Washington University. 'As data is made available online, it becomes a privacy concern,' he says."

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