News & Opinion

June 2005

A rise in identity theft has fed the notion that too much personal information is too easily accessible. According to my research, over 3.5 million Americans have been victims of identity left within the last year. Failure to maintain strict security practices has caused several large companies to put people at risk of having their identity stolen.


Several people in the title industry welcome the easy access to public records as it makes a title search very easy to do from the comfort of your home. So why should we care? We old timers have enjoyed many years of readily available records found at the local courthouses. Nevertheless, this access is no longer sound in an Internet world.


Many are concerned about dissemination of public records over the Internet. Many of my friends and clients argue that public records are meant to be open. They believe that public records should be made available over the Internet because of the powerful benefits the records offer. However, at what cost?


Where do we go? What do title abstractors do? Please send me your comments and thoughts at


We have decided to name this column “Speakers’ Corner” in honor of the tradition of Hyde Park, London. London’s Hyde Park is the largest open space in London and has a space called the Speakers’ Corner. It is one of the best places to let off steam in London. It is one of the most famous locations symbolizing democratic rights in the world.


Smitty Strickland



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