Joe S. Cecil, George W. Cort, Ashley Mason Springer, Vashty Gobinpersad
This report summarizes a Center study of instances of individuals’ unredacted Social Security numbers appearing in documents filed in federal district and bankruptcy courts in November 2013 and available through the Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) service. The presence of Social Security numbers for approximately 75% of these individuals appears to violate rules adopted by the Judicial Conference of the United States.
Assembled here are protective orders used by federal judges in criminal prosecutions in national security cases. Among the most important goals of the protective orders here is the protection of classified information.