Document Redaction Service – Redacting Records for FOIA Request

Document Redaction Service – Redacting Records for FOIA Request

Redacting Records for an FOIA Request

redaction serviceThe Freedom of Information Act requires the full or partial disclosure of previously confidential information and documents held by the United States government, upon request. State law dictates what information requires redaction from publicly accessible documents.

When redacting records for an FOIA request, there is a lot of varying information to protect from the public eye. Companies are responsible for complying with public disclosure laws and keeping personal identifying information safe. When releasing bank records, police reports or sheriff department records, to name a few, identifiable information requires redaction. These records can all be lengthy files and the fields requiring redaction are usually numerous. Using a professional redaction service to redact records for an FOIA request is efficient and ensures accuracy.

Choose Global Document Services to help with Redacting Records for an FOIA Request

Why use our Redaction Services for Redacting Records for an FOIA Request?

Trusting private information to anyone can be difficult, and choosing the right company for your records redaction service is important. Global Document Services maintains complete security and protection of your sensitive documents and information and we're proud to be a fully HIPAA compliant redaction company.


At Global Document Services, we:

      • are a secure and HIPAA- compliant facility
      • have screened employees and video monitored production areas
      • eliminate all metadata from documents
      • use industry standard software in our process
      • will scan in your non-digitized files, if needed

Inaccurate document redaction services can be a costly mistake for any institution. There are a few processes that on the surface may look like redaction, but are easily reversible. This results in the exposure of sensitive information and a risk of financial or privacy loss. For this reason, using a reliable, redaction company with professional software, is a must.

Redacting Files for an FOIA Request


After scanning the records to PDF format, our software looks for clues in each file, flagging the sensitive information for review. The clues used by the software are based on a strictly tested rule set and configured by a sample of each document. After a review of the redaction fields, our staff is able to then approve or deny each one. Following this, each redaction is permanently applied to a copy of the document and both files are securely stored. This gives our clients the files in both redacted and non-redacted states which allows them full control over their information privacy.

What Should Be Redacted for an FOIA Request?

When the records in question contain personal information, it must be redacted before release. Account numbers, personal identifying numbers and much of the personal information within may be flagged for removal prior to release.


  • Drivers’ license numbers
  • Birth dates
  • Social security numbers
  • Credit card numbers
  • Names of minors
  • Law enforcement names
  • Defendant names
  • Maiden names

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