However, the concept of Public Records was created before the internet. In the old days, there was some effort involved in accessing a Public Record - eg go to the Government Organization, and search for it, or pay somebody else to do it. And from an indexing point of view, were complex searches even available? For example, say I wanted to find all property owned by a given person - that might involve trips to many government bodies.
In the internet age, a surprising amount of information is incredibly easily available. eg - find the owners of houses in the smart part of Broadway in San Francisco.
Is this really what was intended by making records public?