Hey Rex Anderson here in this video will cover using Adobe Acrobat to redact information from a document redaction is the process of hiding privileged or protected information in a document while leaving the remainder of the document unchanged in this lesson we're not covering all the situation of rules that mandate when you use redaction but as an example in my bankruptcy practice this warning appears every time I sign on to the bankruptcy court electronic filing system requiring me to expressly acknowledge my understanding and commitment to redact sensitive or private information from my filings some of you may remember the old-school redaction method of using strips of white error correction tape a black sharpie pen or more recently posted notes and a copy machine to redact information here's a typical IRS form which without even reading it I know contains many more words that are necessary making it a fine example to use for today's lesson on redaction the obvious problem is despite the intensity and artistry of my scribbling some of the information is still visible and perhaps readable Plus this whole skooled method is slow and tedious performing the redaction of a document using Adobe Acrobat is faster more accurate and a more complete way to protect private or sensitive information using technology to redact private details will save you time and be more thorough absolutely and permanently removing that protected information starting in version 8 of Adobe Acrobat the software included the ability to redact data from a PDF file if you're still using a version of Adobe Acrobat earlier than version 8 you should seriously consider upgrading to a more recent version I admit that sometimes software upgrades are not a wise choice but in this case the money you spend on a more current version of Acrobat is a good investment in the tools for your practice and it will give you some valuable additional capabilities that were simply not available in the earlier more limited version in Acrobat redaction permanently deletes the actual image or text contained in the document where Dakshin goes beyond merely visually hiding the information behind a comment or text block to actually removing it from the document while I could accomplish the same visual effect in Acrobat by using a comment or stamp or text block which covered in other lessons redaction removes the text characters and information from the document and replaces it with an obvious redaction mark in most of the situations where you need to redact text a simple black band or black rectangle will be sufficient in addition to the black rectangle across the redacted area Acrobat also allows you to customize a redacted image which is more easily seen in these mock-up examples you can change the color of the redacted area add custom text as an overlay or include a reference to a specific section or sections of the federal statutes that justify each redacted area the two federal
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