Extract from Alison ONeill’s article “Redaction: Now It’s Personal”
Redaction is never having to say you are sorry – for the inadvertent disclosure of sensitive or privileged data.
With heightened concern regarding Personally Identifiable Information or PII, and the ever-present unease about inadvertent disclosure of confidential information and loss of privilege, an easy to use, reliable redaction tool is a “must have” item when working with Electronically Stored Information.
Rules Regarding Personally Identifiable Information
Personally Identifiable Information includes a wide range of information and even though PII is defined in the CFR it is by no means a clear-cut issue (2 CFR 200.79). The rule states that determination of whether or not particular information is PII “requires a case-by-case assessment of the specific risk that an individual can be identified.”