Arizona will no longer be offering copies of death certificates online amid identity theft concerns.
Arizona authorities have stopped publishing copies of death certificates on a website over concerns that the information might be used in identity theft scams.Full Story
Maricopa County - which covers the state's largest city, Phoenix - discontinued the long-standing practice of posting digital copies of death certificates last month after complaints from the general public, the Arizona Republic reports. The publication of digital certificate of death notices, which are needed to complete certain real estate transactions, was designed to reduce bureaucracy but has attracted criticism over privacy issues for years. These concerns, along with more recent ID theft worries, have prompted a rethink.