Attorney General Greg Abbott Suing Hidalgo County Clerk


POSTED: Tuesday, January 28, 2014 - 5:30pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, January 29, 2014 - 8:49am

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott is filing a lawsuit against the Hidalgo County Clerk's Office, claiming that they are withholding public information from a Houston company called Integrity Title.

In 2009, that company requested data from the clerk's office dating back to the 1850s on an external hard drive.  Thanks to a $2 million and five year effort by the clerk's office, all property records are available for free online.

But the Hidalgo County Clerk says putting that data on a hard drive has a potential risk of crashing the entire system.

"Essentially what they told me is 'I don't care that you're providing the data for free on the internet, I don't care if it's compromising your data,'" said Arturo Guajardo, Jr.  "'The only thing we're telling you to do is to provide all that data to this for profit entity out of Houston for $2,000. That's all we care about.  That's what you gotta do or we're gonna sue you.'  Well, that's what got us to this point."

Guajardo met with the commissioner's court this morning to determine their next course of action.

"We've kind of got an idea of an approach we wanna take and maybe ask a third party vendor to provide that data on our behalf so that we won't compromise our data and the requestor can get what he's asking for.  So we'll see how that goes."

Greg Abbott's press office did not issue any comment regarding this lawsuit.


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