The Executive Office for U.S. Trustees, which oversees the federal bankruptcy system, wants the federal judiciary to require debtors to file data-enabled bankruptcy forms. But the judiciary, not yet sold on the idea, is worried about privacy, costs and fairness.

“Data tags” mark each piece of data entered into individual fields in a data-enabled form. They permit the computer system to automatically extract and aggregate financial and other information from bankruptcy filings. The tags are invisible to the user.

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