Information Protection @ MIT


Redaction/redacting is the sanitizing (removal) of unnecessary information from a file to get rid of the sensitive or private parts. It is more than obsuring or hiding the information. Redaction can be done with electronic files using tools such as Identity Finder and Adobe Acrobat. It can be done with paper files as well by cutting out or blacking out the information so that it is illegible

Redacting Required Records

DLC's should be familiar with records retention rules so information is not retained longer than needed. For electronic or hardcopy materials that you need to keep locally, but don't need PIRN, consider "redacting."

For hard copy, redacting means:

For electronic files, redacting means: