...but, you know: carrot, stick, and all that.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio recently called on Gov. Ted Strickland and other officials to enact regulations protecting private information kept in state databases.
The ACLU first pressed for reform after it was revealed officials at Ohio’s Department of Job & Family Services conducted a search of private information on Joseph Wurzelbacher, also known as “Joe the Plumber,” and that such searches of those in news headlines were common protocol for the office.
News reports indicate nearly half a dozen other state agencies conducted searches on Wurzelbacher’s information without due cause. Via Instapundit, which also reports that the Ohio State Legislature is going to make it explicitly clear that government officials shouldn't run background checks on private individuals simply because they're looking for useful political dirt on them in a key swing state.
Yes, I would have thought that this would go without saying, too. Apparently Helen Jones-Kelley didn't share your opinion. Can't imagine why...
PS: Hey, laying off of the ACLU when they've done something right is one thing; pretending that this was anything but a blatant attempt to help the Democrats win Ohio is something else entirely.