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An Examination of the Redaction Functionality of Adobe Acrobat Pro DC 2017

First published 2011; Latest version April 2019


There have been numerous cases of security breaches resulting from a failure to effectively redact sensitive or private information from documents prior to release into the public domain. To assist in mitigating this security risk, Adobe Acrobat Pro DC 2017 provides redaction and sanitisation functionality that aims to completely remove undesirable information and other hidden information (e.g. metadata) from PDF documents.

This document provides guidance on the efficacy of redaction facilities within Adobe Acrobat Pro DC 2017 and is intended for information technology and information security professionals within organisations looking to redact sensitive or personal information from PDF documents before releasing them into the public domain or to other third parties.

Contact details

Organisations or individuals with questions regarding this advice can contact the ACSC by emailing or calling 1300 CYBER1 (1300 292 371).

April 30th, 2019