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Hey guys gavin rossi here and today i wanted to talk about unredacted documents now this topic was recently just in the news with the case of the florida school shooter from Parkland Nicholas cruise there is a newspaper down there the Florida Sun Sentinel and they recently published some details of a report that was public on the school districts website but they didn't use the right tools to redact the document so they ended up being able to take the publicly available PDF file of of this report and they processed the document and they were able to remove some of the redactions and then there was a judge there was a video of this circulating on social media of this judge who was incensed at this and was highly critical of the reporters for doing this but you know it is completely legal if they fail to properly redact something it's definitely fair game to go through documents and see what you're able to get so this got me thinking it made me think about a previous open request that I did back in 2017 not via my website Oprah machine but via my direct email and in this particular Oprah request at the time I realized that the records custodian failed to redact it properly so I'm just gonna use this as a little bit of an example to show you how you could do the same thing with documents that you obtained from your request so let's jump into it so I have here the email that I received from the records custodian in response to this this open request and I just asked for email logs of the principal for Pinelands regional high school this was at the time of the asbestos issues that were first coming to light that resulted in the school's closure so we're just gonna open up this PDF file that I was provided in response to my request and we're just gonna look through it here and we're actually going to the tools here to edit it and that's when we're gonna start getting into the information that they redacted so here is the email log portion and this is where they they really screwed up the redaction as you'll see you can see I have this black box here selected that they use to redact this PDF with and look at that there's the name that they redacted and it's fully visible right here there really wasn't anything that was a groundbreaking revelation in these redactions that I was able to remove it was mostly just names of employees etc etc but this is a unique scenario because now it kind of gives us the opportunity to look behind in the curtain and see if the records custodian actually properly applied the Oprah exemption you know was this something that was validly withheld such as a employee personnel record or is there something that could ...