I think that our NACO colleagues outside the US would have some good insights into this topic.
I know that there is a difference in legal practice between the US and the European Union. Here it is public information and we have used it unless asked to do otherwise. I *think* I recall my UK colleagues telling me that, while birth dates are public records, they are not for dissemination without approval.
Anthony R.D. Franks
Team Leader, Cooperative Cataloging Team
Library of Congress
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i have wondered about the presumed privacy of birth date information.
does anyone know for sure (as in citing chapter and verse of some law)?
many newspapers regularly report birth information as a matter of record,
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