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Right to privacy versus public records of state By BARB HUNTER There is a lot of information about you in governmental fUing cabinets In St. Paul and much of it public record. From such records someone could find out your mother's maiden name (birth certificate), your driving record (Department of Public Safety) or many snowmobiles you own (Department of Natural Resources). He could also find out how much is in your name and how much you paid for it records and deed stamps) . If you have ever applied for a license or information on the application form might be public. That information might range from technical data how you plan to dredge your storeland property (shoreland excavation permit) to personal information such as whether you have ever declared been convicted of a criminal offense (stockbroker's license). If you have declared bankruptcy, lots of on your financial condition becomes public record. you have ever been divorced, those papers can provide a look at your fiscal situation and what property you own. U you have inherited stocks property, a record of that can be found, too In some files, such as a bank charter or securities registration, one might find out how much stock officers and directors of the company own. The availability of all this information poses problems for those concerned about an individual's right to privacy. The problems are compounded the public's right of access to certain information also considered. One problem is the inconsistency among state local agencies as to which records are puhu'c, are private (the subject of the file may see