How will you know who can have access to your bankruptcy public records? 23 Answers as of March 18, 2014

How can I find out if someone is "spying" on my bankruptcy public records? And is that legal? I have the feeling somebody did. Thank You

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GARCIA & GONZALES, P.C.
GARCIA & GONZALES, P.C. | Richard N. Gonzales
Your BK filing is a matter of public record, unless your case was officially "sealed" by the Court. It is not unlawful for someone to look at your BK file.
Answer Applies to: Colorado
Replied: 3/18/2014
Ronald K. Nims LLC | Ronald K. Nims
Bankruptcy court records are open to the public, anyone can access your bankruptcy records. The only records which are NOT available are your social security number and any records ordered sealed by the judge (it is very rare that the judge seals any bankruptcy records).
Answer Applies to: Ohio
Replied: 3/17/2014
Goldsmith & Guymon
Goldsmith & Guymon | Marjorie Guymon
Your bankruptcy filing is public record forever. As long as someone has a Pacer account they can pull it up. It will show on your credit report for 10 years just like any other negative notation.
Answer Applies to: Nevada
Replied: 3/17/2014
Tokarska Law Center
Tokarska Law Center | Kathryn U. Tokarska
Bankruptcy petition is a public record and can be accessed by anyone who registers for access on www.pacer.gov. I don't think there is any way to find out who looked at your particular petition. Technically, it might be possible, but practically it's probably not something that is done. Some papers filed with the court are not part of the public record, for example the Social Security Disclosure page (for obvious reasons) and any papers that are filed under seal, but that requires extra steps and only certain papers qualify for this special handling. Other documents attached as exhibits showing account numbers or social security number are redacted (meaning blacking out of social security number and other things like account numbers except for last 4 digits). Supporting documents sent to the Trustee are sent to Trustee directly and not available online. If you want to see exactly what is viewable, go to the website and look up your case.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 3/17/2014
Law Office of Marlin Branstetter
Law Office of Marlin Branstetter | Marlin Branstetter
Your bankruptcy papers are a public record and anyone can view them. I know of no way to prevent it or to discover who is looking at them.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 3/17/2014
    Danville Law Group | Scott Jordan
    Most of the bankruptcy records are public information and anyone can review them online.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 3/17/2014
    The Law Office of Darren Aronow, PC
    The Law Office of Darren Aronow, PC | Darren Aronow
    It is public record, it is not spying when anyone can view them.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 3/17/2014
    A Fresh Start
    A Fresh Start | Dorothy G Bunce
    It is not spying to look at public records of the government. There is no way to know who looks at government records. These records are available at the courthouse and online for any & everyone to peruse. It is part of the price you pay for having filed bankruptcy. However, your social security number & the names of your minor children will be redacted & hidden from the view of prying eyes.
    Answer Applies to: Nevada
    Replied: 3/17/2014
    Idaho Bankruptcy Law | Paul Ross
    Bankruptcy records are public. Any person of the public can view them. There are certain things which are sealed, like Social Security Numbers, but those are separate documents. It is fully legal for the public to view public documents. Now, the website is set up that not just anyone can access these records, but if someone wanted to and they jumped through those hoops, they could view your case documents.
    Answer Applies to: Idaho
    Replied: 3/17/2014
    Patrick W. Currin, Attorney at Law | Patrick Currin
    Bankruptcy filings are public records. Anyone can check on them.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 3/17/2014
    Steele, George, Schofield & Ramos, LLP
    Steele, George, Schofield & Ramos, LLP | Alan E. Ramos
    Public records are just that - records open to the public. Anyone can legally review public records at any time.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 3/17/2014
    Janet A. Lawson Bankruptcy Attorney
    Janet A. Lawson Bankruptcy Attorney | Janet Lawson
    Anyone can access PACER records. These are public records. All they need is an account which is easy to get.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 3/17/2014
    Deborah F Bowinski, Attorney & Counselor at Law | Debby Bowinski
    Bankruptcy filings are public information, and as such the document are available to anyone who chooses to view them.
    Answer Applies to: Colorado
    Replied: 3/17/2014
    R. Steven Chambers PLLC | R. Steven Chambers PLLC
    Since a bankruptcy is, as you note, a public record, that means anyone can have access to it. Certain parts of your bankruptcy, such as your social security number, are not public but the majority of what you file is public. Since the public has access it is legal for anyone to look at your records. It is not spying. There is no way you will know who has looked at your records. It's a little like when you walk down a public street. You have no way of knowing who looked at you.
    Answer Applies to: Utah
    Replied: 3/17/2014
    Meister & McCracken Law Firm, PLLC | Joanne M. McCracken
    Any member of the public has a right to see any documents that are filed in a court unless the documents are filed under seal or are protected by statute such as adoption records. So even if someone has viewed your file, it is not spying. It is just a citizen exercising its right to view public documents.
    Answer Applies to: Arkansas
    Replied: 3/17/2014
    Law Offices of Linda Rose Fessler | Linda Fessler
    It is a public record. It is legal.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 3/17/2014
    Detroit Lawyers, PLLC
    Detroit Lawyers, PLLC | Nick Best
    The information in your bankruptcy is public record and can be accessed on the court's ECF website with a proper log-in or in person at the bankruptcy court. Since the records are public, it is legal to access them.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 3/17/2014
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