"But the number of people getting Internet access to the database will be limited when the information is placed back online in a few months, Oneida County Clerk Sandra DePerno said. Passwords and identification names will be issued to members of the Oneida County Bar Association and local abstract companies, she said."Why the exclusivity and the deference to a particular club? What about attorneys who do not belong to the Oneida County Bar Association? Why would not their need be as great? What about people who are pro se and representing themselves? Why shouldn't they be able to access records? What about people contracting with businesses for snow removal, house painting, etc.? Don't they have a need to be able to identify exactly whom they are dealing with under a "doing business as..." name?
"Bar association members and abstract companies need access to the information to prepare deed and mortgage paperwork, DePerno said."
What about the retired gadfly who can't sleep at night and has nothing better to do but to review land transactions in his pajamas -- all to determine who is benefiting from the actions of certain public officials?
Why are the people of Oneida County entitled to less than the people of: Monroe County (Rochester), Albany County, Suffolk County (Long Island), Erie County (Buffalo), Schenectady County, and Broom County (Binghamton) - - - just to name a few?
Maybe Ms. DePerno IS interested in protecting "People" -- the people who don't want their transactions available for general public consumption, available where they may be linked to and quickly disseminated by those who are internet savvy -- such as bloggers.
Welcome to Oneida County -- where who knows what is carefully controlled.