Protecting confidential information is a legal responsibility of the Assessor, and a matter of good judgment.
Government agencies have been collecting personal information for many years. Property ownership records, birth certificates, marriage licenses, bankruptcy records, death certificates, court proceedings and many other documents are part of the public record. With the introduction of the Internet, government is faced with the issue of how to balance public information requirements with the privacy rights of an individual.
In California, every person, entity or organization that owns real property or taxable personal property is identified on the local assessment roll. The assessment roll is by law a public document.