Google is working with state governments to add data to search engines

Two articles on this collaboration:

Virginia joins with Google to open access to public records.

Baltimore Sun: Google helps states open records:
Technology giant providing free services to make databases Web-friendly.

An issue of some concern:

Not all government officials have responded favorably to Google’s effort, Needham said, sometimes because they assume Google is trying to sell them a new service.

California’s chief information officer, Clark Kelso, said he is concerned about the consumer privacy issues raised by this initiative and he has directed all state agencies to redact Social Security numbers and other confidential information from documents that will now be available online.

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