Giving the month, day, year, and place of birth in a 670 has not troubled me but I must admit I'd never thought of the potential for identity theft. These biographical facts seem quite innocent though clearly giving the mother's maiden name might be troublesome since that has often been used for security.
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From: "Miller,Elizabeth" <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Saturday, October 23, 2010 1:56 pm
Subject: [PCCLIST] Theses name headings and privacy concerns
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> The discussion about theses name headings brought up a concern for me.
> The vitas included in our dissertations and theses typically include
> the place of birth and detailed date of birth.
> We include this information in the 670 when creating name authority
> records. I am concerned that a criminal could use this information to
> steal someone's identity.
> Has anyone else had this concern? If so, how did you address it?
> Liz Miller
> Cataloging Librarian
> New Mexico State University Library
> MSC 3475
> New Mexico State University
> P.O. Box 30006
> Las Cruces NM 88003-8006
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