Improper use of redaction in the Blagojevich case very revealing
October 10, 2011
Redacting confidential information from PDF documents is not rocket science. However, in the wake of the Transportation Security Administration fiasco and the more recent Rod Blagojevich incident, you have to ask yourself why so many people continue to get it so wrong!
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The whitepaper examines some of the reasons for redaction errors. For example, masking text using the commenting or annotation tools in your PDF application is a typical, but not a foolproof method of redaction. Copying the hidden text in the PDF document back into Word for example, displays the masked text.
Equally important but less obvious is the actual construction of the PDF document. Depending on how the PDF was generated—ie a Word document converted to PDF, or a scanned document output as a PDF—there may be more than one layer of information that needs to be redacted.
The problem with PDF is it isn’t always obvious what type of PDF you have…