Wednesday, August 29, 2007


According to the dictionary, redaction is "The act or process of editing or revising a piece of writing; preparation for publication." However, in the vernacular, often if something is redacted, it is eliminated. For example, you might have a sensitive document and want to redact -- edit, revise, eliminate, erase -- some of the information in it, such as personal identification information (e.g., Social Security numbers).

A company named Extract Systems has developed a process that will redact -- cover up -- information on digital documents. This documents may have been born digital or digitized. The software uses various rules to locate information that the document owner deems to be sensitive and then blacks it out. The "black bar" that covers the sensitive information is part of the resultant image, so no one can remove it and see what is underneath.

I got to see this software in action a few weeks ago and I found it to be impressive. I can see applications for it in the legal and medical areas as well as with employment records and other documents. From my corporate experience, I know that eliminating sensitive information off of all types of documents can be a real pain. This is a cool tool that could make it easy.

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Anonymous said...

The trouble with most of the Redaction products available is that they can do only one type of document. Since using RapidRedact i have found that it can do all document types, including emails, word documents, powerpoints etc. This is by far the best redaction software available on the market today. On their website they have a trial version available for download. Give that a try.

Anonymous said...

I beg to differ that Rapid Redact is the "best" out there - many solutions out there work on structured documents, but to find a piece of information in an unstructured document is the solution that is much more comprehensive. To find a good white paper called Redaction 101 go to - it will give you the facts so you can make your own decision on what is the "best" for your organization.

Anonymous said...

Take a look at the Appligent Redax product. If your into serious production they may be the only one that provides a server based centralized solution for redacting PDF files, both native and image/text.

Anonymous said...

RapidRedact have a High-Volume Server based system, looks pretty good on paper, not sure of the costs involved in such a venture