TULSA - Online court records in Oklahoma reveal your social security number, birth date, telephone number, address, and much more personal information before you're ever convicted of a crime.
The problem is with the Oklahoma Supreme Court Network (OSCN), which handles online records for 13 counties plus the appellate courts.
The other counties use a different system, Oklahoma District Court Records (ODCR), and there the information can't be obtained without a log-in.
But on OSCN, which include Tulsa and Oklahoma County courts, all the information is posted for anyone -- including identity thieves -- all over the world to see.
Michael Fairchild, a Tulsa attorney running for District Judge, posted a YouTube video Wednesday pointing out what he sees as an aggregious breach of privacy.
You can see the video at the bottom of this story.
"I want you to know just how rotten and unfair our justice system has become," he says. "It may be the worst in the country."
He goes on to say that "every possible identifying statistic about you will be put on the Internet. You will lose any right to confidentiality, and any chance to ever be protected from identity theft again. One client felt so violated, she called it 'data rape.'"
Among the details put online:
- Social Security Number
- Birth date
- Driver's license number
- Previous address
- Phone number
- Place of birth
- Hair color
- Eye color
- Blood type
- Marital status
- Employer's address and phone number
- Make, model, year of vehicle
- Vehicle tag number
- Next of kin, plus phone numbers and addresses
Fairchild says they also post a "description of all of your tattoos, including that one you thought was going to be a secret."
"What more information could anyone need to play hell with your life and your credit?" Fairchild asks, rhetorically.
"All of this happens to those accused of a crime, and not even convicted," he added.
He tells KRMG he struggled with the decision to reveal the problem, but decided that criminals in Tulsa already know about it, and the public's need to know outweighed the possible dangers of alerting other criminals to the availability of the information.
KRMG was able to easily confirm Fairchild's claim, using the case of a noted athlete recently arrested but not convicted.
In three clicks we had his social security number, driver's license number, and much more personal information.