New rules aim to prevent ID theft

Collier County Clerk of Courts Dwight Brock on Newsmakers

Collier County Clerk of Courts Dwight Brock on Newsmakers

Making court documents public while preventing identity theft has been difficult as the state moves toward greater online access.

But now the Florida Supreme Court has proposed amendments that will go into effect Oct. 1.

“Reducing the amount of extraneous personal information in court records is another necessary step in the court’s ongoing effort to provide the public with electronic access to nonconfidential court records,” the state’s high court ruled on June 30.

Dwight Brock, Collier County’s clerk of Circuit Courts, wants to warn attorneys and pro se litigants that they must comply with the new requirements — or face sanctions for violations.

Brock wants to remind citizens to review all documents filed to make sure they don’t include any personal information, including Social Security numbers, bank account, credit card and other financial information.

Information that will no longer be required in family law filings includes place of marriage, date of separation, and the place of birth and gender of minor children.

Anyone interested in commenting on the changes has 60 days from the ruling to file those remarks with the court before they’re adopted.

To see the proposed rules, go here: http://bit.ly/rknBA7

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