The recent High Court case of London Borough of Lambeth v A.M. offers a salutary lesson in the importance of properly redacting documents. This issue comes up more than you’d think – and certainly more than it should.
You’ll recall that, in the spirit of transparency, the European Commission recently publicized a heavily redacted version of its AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine contract. The problem was that the Commission had been too transparent – literally. All of the redacted content in the contract could be viewed by simply using the bookmark tool in Adobe Acrobat’s Reader. Redactio ad absurdum.
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