Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Beware of redacting PDF files - the curse of the cut and paste

A federal judge wrote an opinion with redacted information about Apple which was subject to an order to seal.  However, when anyone copied and pasted the text, the redacted info showed up. The perils of technology and a lesson for folks outside the legal field.

One way we prevent redacted info from being viewable is to print the page and then scan it back to PDF. It's a primitive solution but is pretty much idiot proof.

Mike Arnold,
Attorney at Law
Arnold Law Office, LLC
Eugene, Oregon


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