PDF: Secure Photocopy
GoodReader offers you a unique feature, hardly ever found anywhere else — Secure Photocopy*. It allows you to wipe all hidden, redacted, or otherwise invisible or deleted — but still present in the file — data and pages from a PDF file.
Recently, there`s been a few high-profile legal cases where lawyers submitted PDF files to courts, carefully redacting sensitive information, only to have journalists take those PDFs from the court`s archives and copy-paste the "redacted" text from underneath the black rectangles drawn on top of PDF pages. What happened? The problem is that if you draw a black rectangle over a PDF text, the text still stays there! A simple Select All → Copy command on a computer will get it from underneath the drawing.
GoodReader`s Secure Photocopy is a guaranteed removal of hidden, redacted, or deleted elements and pages from everywhere inside the file, including hidden places you never even knew existed. It`s like taping over a confidential text with a black tape, and then making a photocopy of that thing, to make sure that there is no tape on the copy for anyone to remove. There`s nothing to reveal on such photocopy, the text is simply not there.
To use the feature, open a PDF file, press the Actions button, and select Secure Photocopy:
* Secure Photocopy is a part of Pro Pack.
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