I know your mother’s maiden name, your date of birth, your address and the price you paid for your house. I also know the name of the person who officiated at your wedding, the names of your children (and their dates of birth), the number of times you’ve been divorced and how much you inherited from your great aunt. I know the amount of your liens, the type of tattoo you sport (and its location on your body), your political persuasion and your religion. I even know if you are mentally ill — and I’ve never met you.

I know all this because you live in a jurisdiction where public records (state and local) are abundantly free and accessible by anyone with a computer and an Internet connection.

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