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If the birthdate was in an obituary, I wouldn't hestitate using it. Otherwise I'd get the permission of the person, if I could contact them.

Elizabeth Lilker
New York University Libraries
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----- Original Message -----
From: "A. Ralph Papakhian" <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Wednesday, August 6, 2008 3:39 pm
Subject: privacy of birth dates (was: Consulting the Collective wisdom (Levity))
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> hi,
>  
>  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,
>  no?
>  
>  --ralph p.
>  
>  A. Ralph Papakhian, Indiana University Music Library
>  Bloomington, IN 47405 812/855-2970 [log in to unmask]
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