XENIA — Despite what some political literature has stated, there has been no data breach of the Greene County Clerk of Courts website, the clerk said.
Terri A. Mazur responded Sunday to recent campaign literature sent by attorney Mark Donatelli, judicial candidate for the Greene County Common Pleas Court, Domestic Relations Division. Donatelli’s campaign makes several egregious and false statements, misleading the public of an online data breach of the clerks’ website, and that the information provided on the website “violates many common Government standards” and “restrictions” according to Mazur.
“Data breach is such a sensitive word after the Target fiasco,” she said. “There has been no breach of my website. My website does not even run off my live (database). It’s a replicated database.”
Mazur wanted to assure the public and the visitors of her office’s website that all of the information provided on-line fully complies with all Ohio Public Records Law and Rules of the Supreme Court of Ohio, and that there has been absolutely no breach of any data maintained on the website.
The Ohio Supreme Court stipulates that “If a court or clerk offers remote access to a court record and the record is also available by direct access, the version of the record available through remote access shall be identical to the version of the record available by direct access …”
That means any non-restricted personal information in a paper file has to be available online as well.
“I worked really hard for the 17 years I’ve been in the office,” Mazur said. “I’m hypersensitive to make sure that no private information is put on my website.”
An email from Greene County Republican Party Executive Committee Chair Adolfo Tornichio clarified the accusations.
“Neither the Ohio General Assembly nor the Ohio Supreme Court have restricted clerks of courts in Ohio from the displaying the names, addresses and dates of birth on their websites. Ohio Supreme Court Rule 44 (H) defines personal identifiers for the clerks offices throughout Ohio and according to Rule 44 (H), restricted personal identifiers are social security numbers, except the last four digits; financial account numbers, including but not limited to debit card, charge card, and credit card numbers; employer and employee identification numbers; and a juvenile’s name in an abuse, neglect, or dependency cases, except for the juvenile’s initials or a generic abbreviation such as “CV” for child victim.
I spoke with Terri Mazur, our Greene County Clerk of Courts, regarding Ohio Supreme Court Rule 44 and the posting of addresses and dates of birth on Courtview. She told me that clerks of courts in Ohio do not have the authority to deviate from the standards set forth in Rule 44. The reason the Greene County Clerk of Courts office posts the addresses and dates of birth on Courtview is to avoid a visitor to the website from misidentifying a person who may happen to share the same name of another person.
The Greene County Clerk of Courts Office posts information displayed on Courtview, not the Greene County Domestic Relations Court and the Courtview postings are in accordance with the rules of the Ohio Supreme Court and Ohio’s public records laws.”
Mazur said she plans on taking action against Donatelli.
“It is the intent of the clerk of courts to file a complaint with the Ohio Elections Commission, and, if applicable, file a grievance against judicial candidate Donatelli for violation by a judicial candidate of Canon 4, of the Code of Judicial Conduct, during the course of a campaign, with the Supreme Court of Ohio, Board of Commissioners on Grievances and Discipline, for making these false and misleading statements in his campaign literature,” she said.
For more information or concerns about the website contact the clerk of courts office at 937-562-5290.
Donatelli did not return calls as of press time.