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In 2007 the Oakland County Identity Protection Task Force was established to address the challenges of protecting personal identifying information often found in court documents.

The Identity Taskforce membersSince its inception, the Identity Protection Task Force has worked diligently to protect your privacy. For example, the Task Force successfully lobbied state officials to make changes to many court forms to remove complete Social Security numbers.

The Oakland County Clerk's office removed thousands of Social Security numbers from online court dockets. In 2008, this office mandated the removal of Social Security numbers from all regular copies of documents provided by our office.

In addition, to the current ID Protection Service, there are two proposed pilots awaiting Supreme Court approval that will further aid in protecting privacy issues. The first proposed rule would not allow certain exhibits -- where most sensitive information is found -- to be filed as part of the court file, unless otherwise ordered by the court.

The second allows the Court to process requests for the removal of Social Security numbers that were included in documents filed prior to March of 2006 as determined by the PrivacyPolicySupremeCourtAO2006-2.pdfSupreme Court Administrative Order 2006-2.pdf.