I think if the information is found in the public domain, we would have
no trouble including it in an authority record. If we're asking an
author for the information, we have to make it clear what the
information will be used for. 

The most frustrating occurrence is the letter that is returned with full
information, but a request that we don't use it.


Richard Moore 
Authority Control Team Manager 
The British Library
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-----Original Message-----
From: Program for Cooperative Cataloging [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On
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Subject: Re: [PCCLIST] privacy of birth dates (was: Consulting the
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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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>>> "A. Ralph Papakhian" <[log in to unmask]> 8/6/2008 10:50 AM >>>

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
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