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Redact Personal & Private Information

Redaction is the process of permanently removing information.

PDF files may contain information which should not be published to the Internet, such as signatures or the existence of property owner names and addresses in the same file (property owner names and APNs).

If the file will be published to the Internet, signatures and property owner names might need to be redacted. Please refer to your Department’s policy for redaction of personal and private information. That policy should take County, State, and Federal laws and policies into account.

Important: It is strongly suggested that you save a copy of your PDF file before redacting for the following reasons:

  • Unlike the Comment & Markup process, redaction is a permanent change and cannot be undone.
  • Tagging the file or changing reading order should not be done after redaction.

Menu: Tools > Protect and Standardize > Redact

  1. Mark for Redaction
  2. Highlight content to be redacted
  3. Apply

Contact Information

Web Services Team
Information Systems Department
County of Sonoma
2615 Paulin Drive
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
38.466385, -122.722706

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