Thursday, September 22, 2011

Private Investigator News: Florida Supreme Court rule will limit personal data in court documents

"Private information in public court documents will receive a layer of protection by Oct. 1 at the latest under a deadline set by the Florida Supreme Court in July.
According to the Palm Beach County clerk’s office, attorneys and those representing themselves must limit personal information in court documents as part of the ongoing fight against identity theft. Sharon Bock, Clerk and Comptroller for Palm Beach County, lauded the Supreme Court decision when it was issued this summer. “In addition to guarding against crimes like identity theft, this latest rule change is a critical step toward making the judicial system more transparent,” she said in a prepared statement. The state Supreme Court had barred access to court documents on the Internet because of potential harm to a person’s privacy, according to the clerk’s office, so tightening up on private information is expected to lead to public access to court records via the Internet. The new rules include limiting the identification of minors to their initials; limiting date-of-birth information to the year; using only the last four digits of a driver license number, passport or other identifying number; allowing only truncated versions of e-mail addresses; and prohibiting in many cases the use of any portion of a Social Security number and bank account, credit and debit card numbers, according to the clerk’s office." Read more
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