Notary Bulletin

NNA Offers Notary Privacy Guard® Designed To Protect Consumers' Private Information

The National Notary Association is now offering as part of its notarial supplies the Notary Privacy Guard®, an easy-to-use tool designed to help Notaries comply with industry privacy regulations and protect consumers’ personal information recorded in Notary journals from identity thieves.

Notary journal records are logged sequentially in a ledger-style book that contains the private, personal identifying information of previous document signers — information that is valuable to identity thieves and impostors. Invented by a Notary, the Notary Privacy Guard® was specifically designed to conceal those records from prying eyes. When in use, the only visible portion of the journal record is the single line item related to the notarization that is currently in progress.

“With some of our nation’s most sensitive documents passing through the hands of over 4.8 million Notaries, it’s crucial they have tools that enable them to protect their consumers’ privacy,” said NNA Director of External Communications Michael Robinson. “The NNA is pleased to offer a notarial supply that helps protect both the Notary and consumers from fraud and identity theft.”

The Notary Privacy Guard® is a simple tool that helps Notaries ensure compliance with federal privacy regulations within several professional industries, including the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) in the healthcare industry, and the federal Red Flags Rule and Gramm-Leach Bliley Act (GLBA) within the financial industry, among others.

The Notary Privacy Guard® was invented by Sandra S. St. Claire and is protected by U.S. Patent No. 7,946,552. More information on the Notary Privacy Guard® is available here.

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