Web Extra: Automated redaction tools available

Marion County didn't set out to become the first county in Florida to comply with the state's redaction requirement. 

A few years ago, Henry Sal, chief executive officer at Computing Systems Innovations, was working on a project for the county when he overheard a conversation about the problem of personally identifiable information on Marion's Web site. Partnering with Kofax, an information capture vendor, Sal developed the software that the county used to redact its records two years ago.


Since then, the software has been used to redact 65 million records for Miami-Dade County, the largest automated redaction project in the United States to date, the company said.  


A small industry is emerging to help state and local governments rid their Web sites of personal information. Hart InterCivic redacted some 25 million document images put online by Orange County, Fla. Manatron recently acquired Hart's records management unit. And last month, Aptitude Solutions, a division of Fidelity National Information Services, signed a contract with Pulaski County, Ark., to provide automated redaction and other information technology services.


Until recently, local governments seeking to balance disclosure of public information and privacy rights had been "caught between a rock and a hard place," said Jim Rank, a senior manager at Manatron. "The dust is beginning to settle and the clouds are starting to part."

About the Author

John Pulley is a freelance writer based in Arlington, Va.

Featured

  • Contracting
    8 prototypes of the border walls as tweeted by CBP San Diego

    DHS contractors face protests – on the streets

    Tech companies are facing protests internally from workers and externally from activists about doing for government amid controversial policies like "zero tolerance" for illegal immigration.

  • Workforce
    By Mark Van Scyoc Royalty-free stock photo ID: 285175268

    At OPM, Weichert pushes direct hire, pay agent changes

    Margaret Weichert, now acting director of the Office of Personnel Management, is clearing agencies to make direct hires in IT, cyber and other tech fields and is changing pay for specialized occupations.

  • Cloud
    Shutterstock ID ID: 222190471 By wk1003mike

    IBM protests JEDI cloud deal

    As the deadline to submit bids on the Pentagon's $10 billion, 10-year warfighter cloud deal draws near, IBM announced a legal protest.

Stay Connected

FCW Update

Sign up for our newsletter.

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.