Protecting Personal or Confidential Information

There is a balance between individual privacy and the need to have records readily available for viewing. The Office of the Clerk & Comptroller is authorized to protect certain information through the process of redaction (obscure with a black box) and uses a combination of computer programs and human review to accomplish this important task. Should you find a document, or portion of a document, you believe requires protection of personal, confidential, or sensitive information, use the following guide to help determine the appropriate process and/or form to complete to request redaction of your document(s). No fees are charged for these services.

Your Information is in a Court Document (Record)

A court record is a document or pieces of information relating to a court case. If you believe the information you want to protect (redact) is a court record, visit Protecting Court Records.

Note: Court documents often are recorded in the Official Record in addition to being held in a court record. Judgments are a common example. If a court record also is recorded in the Official Record, you must follow guidance for protecting the court record and protecting the Official Record.

Your Information is in a Document Recorded in the Official Record

If the information you want to protect (redact) is a document recorded in the Official Record of Pasco County, visit Protecting Official Records.

Your Information is NOT in a Court Document or a Document Recorded in the Official Record

Although most information maintained in the Pasco County Clerk & Comptroller’s Office is maintained in a court record or an official record, some information may be stored in a general public record. 

General public records are afforded most of the same protections as official records. The Office of the Clerk & Comptroller is authorized to protect general public records under the same laws prescribed to protect official records. You may request the Clerk & Comptroller protect your information contained in a general public record through the methods found on our Protecting Official Records page.

Note: Prior employees of the Pasco County Clerk & Comptroller's Office who want to request protections of agency records such as their personnel file under Florida Statute 119.071, contact Human Resources.

Information Designated as Confidential with Other Pasco Government Offices

In addition to the Pasco County Clerk & Comptroller’s Office, the following Pasco County government agencies offer online forms to claim protections under Florida Statute 119.071:

Protect Yourself from Identity Theft

Visit Protecting Yourself from Identity Theft to learn more about how to protect yourself from identity theft.