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Public Records Privacy

The Clerk & Comptroller takes privacy issues very seriously.  Please read our identity theft Clerk Alert and review the information below about protecting your privacy in public records. You can also visit our Identity Theft Resources page for useful information about preventing identity theft and what you should do if you’re a victim.

For a discussion of the competing demands of access to public information versus privacy, see Electronic Access to Court Records - A Virtual Tightrope in the Making, a Florida Bar Journal article by Clerk Sharon R. Bock and Daniel Mormon.

Social Security, Bank Account, Credit, Debit and Charge Card Numbers

Any person preparing or filing a court or official records document should not include a social security number or a complete bank account, debit, charge, or credit card number in such document, unless required by law or court rule, or necessary to the adjudication of the case. Any person has a right to request that the Clerk & Comptroller remove such items from an image or copy of a court or official records document.

 

Internet Document Restrictions

Effective June 5, 2002, some Official Records documents may not be placed on a publicly available Internet website. These documents are: Military Discharges, Death Certificates, Court Files, Records, or Papers related to matters or cases governed by the Florida Rules of Family Law, The Florida Rules of Juvenile Procedure, or The Florida Rules of Probate.

 

Confidentiality for Protected Groups

Chapter 119.071 F.S. states that individuals in certain professions, as well as their spouses and/or children may request the Clerk/County Recorder to remove personal information such as a home address and telephone number from documents in the Official Record.  Such information is not available in the Official Record Index, but may be included on documents such as mortgages and deeds.

 

Confidentiality for Victims of Violent Crime

Florida Statute 119.071(2)(j)1 states that victims of violent crime may ask the Clerk & Comptroller to remove their personal information from documents in the Official Record.

 

Notice of Confidential Information Within Court Filing

Any court filings made in a Florida court that contain confidential information must be accompanied by a Notice of Confidential Information – a form that lists 19 exemptions to public records laws, including adoption records, Social Security or bank account numbers, HIV test results or information identifying victims of sexual offenses.

 

 Identity Theft Resources

Get useful information about preventing identity theft and what you should do if you’re a victim.

 

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