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Sunday, January 11, 2009

More on Police Records in Arizona (with an appearance by yours truly...)

Days after officials announced plans to censor personal information from Phoenix police reports, clerks redacted birth dates and addresses from some public documents while releasing suspects' Social Security numbers on others.

Other reports showed how a new records policy unveiled last week could limit the potential for identity theft by erasing precise addresses, telephone numbers and other information from the written public record.

Phoenix City Manager Frank Fairbanks said the city began restricting public documents, at the request of city attorneys, to comply with an Arizona law designed to protect residents' personal information. Officials will also consider redacting personal information from other public records, such as notices of neighborhood code-enforcement violations.

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