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Legislation Would Remove Birth Dates from Open Records

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

April 5, 2010

Two Oklahoma senators have introduced legislation that would exempt government employees' birth dates from the state's Open Records Act, The Oklahoman reports. Senate Bill 1753 aims to protect the employees from identity theft. Within the last five years, the state has made at least $65 million from the sale of millions of motor vehicle records, according to Oklahoma Department of Public Safety records. The information, which includes birth dates of state drivers, is largely sold to insurance companies seeking driver history information, the report states. But one privacy expert claims that concealing birth dates in public records won't thwart identity theft because the information is widely available elsewhere. "Stop trying to shut the barn door after the horses are gone," he said.
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