Jefferson Co. deletes sensitive info from records

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Jefferson County has erased Social Security numbers from some public records in an effort to protect against identity theft.

For years, hundreds of thousands of Social Security numbers in the state’s largest county have been available for public viewing on some land records.

WDRB-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1DfBGNp ) that up until Wednesday, anyone using a simple web search could type in a name or address and find that person’s Social Security number.

The county clerk’s office says mortgages, tax liens and deeds are all published online, and up until this week, many had Social Security numbers attached.

The county spent about $400,000 to address the issue.

Officials believe they have erased 300,000 Social Security numbers from documents since the project started in 2010.

 

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