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Hart InterCivic to Implement Groundbreaking Redaction Project in Orange County, Florida to Protect Personal Data in Public Records

AUSTIN, TX May 27, 2005 The Orange County, Florida Comptroller has contracted with Austin, Texas-based Hart InterCivic to provide redaction services to the County via the companys new Anthem Redaction Services program.

The contract is valued at $587,500 with work started on this project in May with expected completion at the end of this calendar year.

In 2002, the State of Florida passed a law requiring that as of January 1, 2006, any public records available over the Internet must not show individuals' Social Security Numbers or bank or credit / debit / charge card account numbers. As more and more records are imaged and placed on the Internet throughout the world, there is an increasing concern that confidential information is becoming too easy for anyone to access.

The Orange County Comptroller has been a leader in providing public access to land records via the Internet, and their document images now go back to January 1, 1970. Therefore, the effect of this legislation means that Orange County needs to identify, locate and redact this information from approximately 25 million images in order to continue providing Internet access to public records.

To accomplish this task, Hart InterCivic will use its new Anthem Redaction Software to review each document image and select the confidential information to be redacted. Hart will also provide image verification services to ensure the accuracy of the redacted information selected by the software.

Hart InterCivic has been contracted on this very critical project to insure the privacy of information available in Orange County public records accessed by the Internet, said Martha O. Haynie, County Comptroller for Orange County. Hart proposed a unique technical approach to redaction that we hope will get the job done properly, cost-effectively and on-time.

The practicality of Floridas redaction law is being challenged by many throughout the state and this topic is also one of national discussion. However, the Orange County Comptroller has decided to move forward and proactively address the issue by working to ensure optimal privacy for its constituents and compliance with current Florida law.

I am excited about this project, said Haynie. The State of Florida will be watching Orange County to see how we undertake and complete this redaction program. While this is a Florida issue today, it is one that is being debated across the country. We hope that by working with Hart InterCivic, Orange County will be viewed as a pioneer in this area and we can assist other jurisdictions in the very important area of security and privacy of personal information, said Haynie.

Hart is providing the County Records market with a two-faceted redaction solution. In Orange County, Hart will provide redaction services for the over 25 million document images currently online. Hart will provide these redaction services in batch format, including not only redaction, but also a second manual verification of the redacted documents. In addition, Hart InterCivic can provide jurisdictions with its automated Anthem Redaction Software that will allow county personnel to perform document redaction online on a day forward basis. In such instances, Hart could provide the solution to counties as county-hosted software.

We are very pleased to be working with the Orange County Comptroller on this very important issue, said Britt Kauffman, President and CEO of Hart InterCivic. Orange County has long been a leader in technology solutions for records management and this redaction project is the latest project that will set the standard for other jurisdictions to follow.

Orange County, Florida with its county seat of Orlando has a population of over 1 million people.

The Anthem Redaction Solution combines Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology with an Automated Learning Engine and Knowledge Base. A key benefit of using this system is that the county can change the redaction criteria and optionally elect to go back though the processed images and automatically redact newly selected categories of additional personal information.

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