I strongly disagree with this cautious approach. If the birth date can be found by any reasonable means, it should be used. Asking permission of the person every time would add an unacceptable burden on the cataloger. Chuck H. -----Original Message----- From: Program for Cooperative Cataloging [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Elizabeth Lilker Sent: Wednesday, August 06, 2008 3:47 PM To: [log in to unmask] Subject: Re: [PCCLIST] privacy of birth dates (was: Consulting the Collective wisdom (Levity)) 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 70 Washington Square South New York, NY 10012 (212) 998-2489 [log in to unmask] ----- 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)) To: [log in to unmask] > 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] > co-owner: [log in to unmask] > This email message and any files transmitted with it are intended only for the use of the individual or entity to which it is addressed and may contain information that is privileged, confidential, and exempt from disclosure under applicable law.? Any use, distribution, copying or disclosure by anyone other than the intended individual or entity is prohibited without prior approval.? If you have received this information in error, please notify the sender immediately.