Privacy and Access

Issue: Protection of Social Security Numbers

Impact:

Social Security Numbers (SSNs) are present in many state court documents and files. Federal legislation prohibiting the unconditional acquisition and “display” of SSNs to the public would place a burden on some courts in maintaining these files as open public records.

Position:

State court leaders have expressed grave concern over the courts’ ability to meet the SSN redaction requirements in proposed privacy protection legislation and urge Congress to work with the Conferences to find effective solutions to this matter.

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