Illinois Supreme Court passes rule preventing disclosure of private information
The Illinois Supreme Court recently adopted a rule preventing disclosure of private information in documents.
The new rule, which will go into effect on July 1, 2016, will protect against identity theft and the disclosure of personal information in cases before the state’s reviewing court.
"This new rule protects the privacy of parties, witnesses, and others involved in cases before the Illinois Supreme Court and the appellate court while ensuring that necessary personal information is available to those with a legitimate reason to access it," Chief Justice Rita B. Garman said. "Merely because a person has business before the court, or has been involved as a witness or party in a civil or criminal proceeding, that person should not have to forfeit his or her privacy."
Under this rule, named Rule 364, personal identifiers are defined as Social Security and individual taxpayer identification numbers, driver’s license and state identification car numbers, financial account numbers, debit and credit card numbers and the names of juveniles and recipients of mental health services.