RALEIGH -- Wake County’s Register of Deeds Office has redacted citizens’ personal identifying information from 31 years of property records on the Registry web site, and is continuing the effort for documents dating back to 1950, Register of Deeds Laura M. Riddick said.
The Registry staff has been steadily redacting personal identifying information such as federal Social Security numbers and state driver’s license numbers from its public property records online, in accordance with N.C.G.S. § 132-1.10.
So far, Riddick said, her office has removed 51,212 items of personal information from various documents covering a 31-year range for the years 1979-2009.*
Given Registry’s large volume of documents and its staffing cuts of the past few years, it will take a couple of years of methodical work to finish the redaction project, Riddick said. But as with the Registry’s online records, which date from 1785 to the present – the largest such free property records database in the state – the office will complete the initiative expeditiously and efficiently, she said.
What's more, Riddick said, the Registry is carrying out the project in-house with its own redaction software program and staffing, instead of turning to an outside contractor. That has saved Wake County taxpayers more than $1 million, she said.
Riddick, first elected to the office in 1996, is serving her fourth term. The Registry web site is http://rod.wakegov.com/.