Monday, January 09, 2012

Florida County courts redact personal information from cases available to public

"As business at Palm Beach County's courts resumed in the first week of the year, court clerks got their first test of how they will adapt to a new state law designed to keep personal information out of public view.

Starting Jan. 1, Florida court clerks are required to remove Social Security numbers, bank, debit and credit card information from all public court records.

The newly enforced mandate has been in the works for years as the rise in identity theft forced the court system to look for ways to protect personal information.

In Palm Beach County, where the clerk's office manages literally trillions of pieces of data stored in several hundred million files, complying with the law could have crippled the system. But County Clerk and Comptroller Sharon Bock said some early planning and foresight helped her office start the new year with the ability to provide the public immediate access to electronically redacted files from all cases filed since 2008."
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