Database of Homeowner Associations in Florida (PRESS RELEASE)

Now available: a database of HOAs in Florida (PRESS RELEASE). “Unlike existing online resources that simply provide lists of associations, the Database was developed as a geographic-based listing of all associations that affect a selected condominium or subdivision. Users simply enter a subdivision/condominium name or enter the recording information for the Declaration of Condominium or Plat. The Database then delivers a list of all associations that affect the selected subdivision or condominium, together with association contact information, management company name and contact information, recording information for source documents, and extensive notes to assist users.” Accessing the database is free but users are being asked to help provide information to complete the database.

Google Will Have to Defend “Pure Spam” Delistings in Court

Florida courts will allow Google to be sued because it delisted sites identified as “pure spam”. Pure spam? Bit of an oxymoron, isn’t it? Like pure pollution? “The case is called e-ventures Worldwide, LLC vs. Google. According to the facts laid out in court documents, in 2014 ‘e-ventures was notified by Google that 231 websites owned by e-ventures were being manually removed by Google from all of Google’s search results because they had been identified as “pure spam.”‘ Eventually all or most of e-ventures’ URLs were delisted. The plaintiff argues its sites were not spam, that Google delisted it erroneously and that it has suffered ‘irreparable harm’ as a result.”

Florida Creates Database of Car Registrations 1905-1917

The state of Florida has created a VERY cool resource: early car registrations. Specifically, car registrations from 1905-1917. “This collection contains Florida’s first automobile registrations, which were recorded by the Florida Department of State between 1905 and 1917. Each registration, which was handwritten in a ledger, indicates the name and post office address of the registrant plus the manufacturer, style, horsepower and factory number of the vehicle. Each entry was dated and assigned a unique registration number, which was sent to the registrant on a certificate.”

South Florida Law Enforcement Details Published in Online Database

Not good: a database of the personal information of south Florida law enforcement is floating around online. The personal information of police officers, lawyers and judges in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties was made public through a South Florida website last month, and employees in Miami-Dade were only alerted of the breach this week, according to John Rivera, president of the Miami-Dade Police Benevolent Association.” There are even federal agents in the database. Not, not good…

University of Central Florida Hacked

The University of Central Florida has been hacked. “Hackers gained access to the personal information of current and former student-athletes and support staff as well as current and former university employees. The stolen info includes Social Security numbers but not credit card information, financial records, medical records or grades, [John C.] Hitt said.” The information of about 63,000 people was compromised.

University of Florida Gets Digitizing Grants

The University of Florida has received two digitization grants. “The first project, the Florida and Puerto Rico Digital Newspaper Project, is part of the National Digital Newspaper Program, which funds UF to digitalize 210,000 pages of newspapers from Florida and Puerto Rico, according to UF Smathers grants manager Bess de Farber. The newspaper project will digitalize papers published between 1836 and 1922 and turn them into a searchable online database, de Farber said.”

Florida Has New Charter Schools Database

The state of Florida has a new database of charter schools. “For the first time, a new database is connecting charter schools to who runs them. The goal is to reduce the number of charter schools that close. The National Association of Charter School Authorizers wants to create a paper trail. The group has launched a database that lists who is operating a school and includes performance data from the website GreatSchools.org.”