Georgia Senate bill requires Superior Court clerks redact social security numbers before posting documents

Clerks of court will often receive documents containing social security numbers and be torn between the obligation to make all documents public and the prospect of having to manually redact the numbers from hundreds or thousands of documents. Georgia addressed this problem in part in 2006 by adopting a statute holding the clerks harmless for the disclosure (SB 588 of 2006).

Notwithstanding the provisions of this Code section, the clerks of superior court of this state and the Georgia Superior Court Clerks’ Cooperative Authority shall be held harmless for filing, publicly posting, or publicly displaying any document containing an individual’s social security number that the clerk is otherwise required by law to file, publicly post, or publicly display for public inspection.

There the matter lay until last week and the introduction of SB 285 of 2014 that would require the clerks redact the information.

Notwithstanding the provisions of this Code section, the clerks of superior court of this state and the Georgia Superior Court Clerks’ Cooperative Authority shall be held harmless for filing, publicly posting, or publicly displaying any document containing an individual’s social security number that the clerk is otherwise required by law to file; publicly post, or publicly display for public inspection. A clerk of superior court of this state and the Georgia Superior Court Clerks’ Cooperative Authority shall redact the social security number of an individual from any document filed with such clerk prior to publicly posting or publicly displaying such document.

SB 285 has been assigned to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

One thought on “Georgia Senate bill requires Superior Court clerks redact social security numbers before posting documents”

  1. Court documents are usually public records, but social security numbers should not be accessible. The senate bill makes sense.

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