The changing state of public records access

The Santa Cruz County Recorder is joining Monterey, California in withholding, from the public, access to the original documents, which are scanned into a digital format before they are sent back to the submitter. The title companies are steamed up because of their historical access to recorded documents as they come in the door. Some claim that certain information is not recorded. Read the article

Is this a significant turn of events, a better approach to securing original documents, reflective of a trend to diminish access to public records, or none of the above?

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