Privacy. It’s a far-reaching, powerfully confusing concept. So sharp and tangled with strong opinions and emotion, debates on privacy are easily reduced to oversimplified squabbles. Privacy protection is one of those hot-button issues that often fails to bring about a healthy discussion, giving way instead to the clamor of fear and mistrust.
Betty “BJ” Ostergren is on a crusade. Like many citizens, she wants to keep personal information, found in public records, off the Internet. But unlike most citizens, she is doing something about it. Her crusade began last year, when she heard the court clerk in Loudoun County, Va.,