Ohio Supreme Court backs redaction of court files

The Ohio Supreme Court issued an opinion that reaffirms prior rulings that it is incumbent upon court clerks to redact social security numbers from files before releasing them to the public.

The court cited the Ohio Attorney General’s opinion, (2004 Ohio
Atty.Gen.Ops. No. 2004-045):

Because individuals possess a constitutionally protected privacy right in their social security numbers,
such numbers when contained in a court’s criminal case files are not public records for purposes of R.C. 149.43

A letter from the AG states his opinion and case law on this topic.


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