The Associated Press
COLUMBUS — The job of removing all Social Security numbers from financial documents posted on the Ohio secretary of state’s Web site will be finished by September, an agency official said.
The process of eliminating the numbers from 1.2 million business filings began last year after former Secretary of State Ken Blackwell settled a lawsuit brought by a trucker whose Social Security number appeared in forms on the agency’s Web site.
Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner, who took office in January and complained that not all of the Social Security numbers were being caught, requested more state funding to finish the job.
The state’s contract with a new vendor, 3SG Corp. of Dublin, calls for all of the forms to be inspected and redacted.
“Once and for all, we want to make sure there are no Social Security numbers out there,” said Debbie Batta, Brunner’s director of business services.
The online records involve forms filed as part of the state’s Uniform Commercial Code. They record debts and other financial information used by banks and creditors in making loans and, by law, must be posted on the Internet within three days by the secretary of state.
Brunner also plans to spend about $200,000 to replace the election-night reporting system for the secretary of state’s Web site.