When registered sex offenders move into an area, neighbors are supposed to be alerted and given the name and photo of the offender. However, sex offender Pearly Wilson claims that in his case, he was able to get detailed information about his neighbors from a prosecutor – including names and Social Security numbers.The incident has created new debate about Matrix and other databases that gather information about citizens. These databases, often criticized by privacy advocates, make private information about citizens available to PIs, debt collectors, and government workers.

There was no indication Wilson misused anything in the files. Wilson, 80, says he came forward because he recognizes the irony of it falling into the hands of someone like him.

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