Citing the increasing availability of court documents on the internet, the New York City Bar is urging the courts to adopt a statewide rule that would sharply curtail the inclusion of “sensitive personal information” in civil court filings.

Such documents presumptively have been “public records in New York … accessible to anyone willing to make the trip to a courthouse,” according to a report released last week by the City Bar’s subcommittee on electronic records within the group’s Council on Judicial Administration. With the court system and private companies posting records online, and the difficulty of purging electronically filed information, “[t]he reality is that the notion of privacy of court records is a misnomer,” the report says.

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