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Oklahoma City, OK – Opposition mounts to hiding data in Okla. records
SEAN MURPHY,Associated Press


OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) A plan to restrict the amount of personal information included in public court records is drawing opposition from a diverse group that includes prosecutors, law enforcement, attorneys and the media.

The Oklahoma Supreme Court sought public input on a proposed new rule as part of its plan to develop a statewide court system database that will allow the public to have online access to virtually every document filed in all 77 of the state's courthouses.

But the court is struggling with how to balance unfettered access to public records, which often includes sensitive information like bank account numbers and children's names, with the privacy concerns of those who fear the data could be a treasure trove for identity thieves.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.