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NYC Bar Urges Redaction

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

February 19, 2010

The New York City Bar proposes that courts adopt a statewide rule that would limit the amount of sensitive personal information in civil court filings, according to a Law Technology News report. The bar's subcommittee on electronic records issued a report last week that says the "reality is that the notion of privacy of court records is a misnomer." The proposal would hold those filing civil court documents responsible for redacting nine categories of information, including government-issued identification numbers and bank account numbers. The proposal aims to help prevent identity theft and "the unnecessary disclosure of an individual's sensitive personal information in civil court filings as an abusive litigation tactic."
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