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THIS VETERANS DAY CLERK BOCK ENCOURAGES ACTIVE AND FORMER SERVICE MEMBERS TO PROTECT THEIR CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION

Birth date, spousal information and address can be redacted under new law

WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. (November 9, 2015) – Millions of veterans fight on the front lines, putting their lives in harm's way so all Americans may enjoy the many freedoms afforded to U.S. citizens.

One such freedom is the right to have privileged or otherwise confidential or sensitive information protected from inadvertent disclosure. As the world becomes increasingly connected, protecting this information is more important now than ever before.

On June 2, Florida’s Governor signed a new law (Florida Statute 119.071) making active and former service members who served after September 11, 2001, their spouses and dependents a new protected class for confidentiality in public records, due to the sensitive nature of their work.

“As the daughter of a veteran, I understand the sacrifices made by these heroes. Under this new law, my office can help protect the privacy of confidential information filed by active and former members of the military,” said Clerk Sharon Bock.

Veterans wishing to have certain information kept confidential must complete a form listing the exact documents they would like to be redacted and submit it to the Clerk’s office, along with a supplemental written statement that they have made reasonable efforts to protect the identification and location information from being accessible through other means available to the public.

For more information on confidentiality for protected groups, please visit the Clerk & Comptroller’s website: http://www.mypalmbeachclerk.com/privacy/protectedgroups.

The Florida Constitution established the independent office of the Clerk & Comptroller as a public trustee, responsible for safeguarding public records and public funds. Clerk Sharon Bock is directly elected by and accountable to Palm Beach County residents. In addition to the roles of Clerk of the Circuit Court, County Recorder and Clerk of the Board of County Commissioners, the Clerk & Comptroller is the Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Auditor for Palm Beach County.

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