A lawsuit has been filed against ChoicePoint and Reed Elsevier alleging that the two companies are obtaining driving information about Florida residents, without the consent of those drivers and registered automobile owners.

Lawsuits like these demonstrate the double-edged sword the Internet presents for doing online research. Although finding information online is easier than ever, it often comes at the expense of an individual’s privacy rights. Striking an appropriate balance is going to be the real challenge as these resources evolve.