Dear all--

I would feel much more comfortable relying on *fact* rather than *
speculation*.  Of all the names occuring in the authority file, how many of
these persons have been the object of identity theft BECAUSE OF the
information that someone found in the authority file?  The criminal element
(not that I so familiar with them individulally, of course) has been know to
target the dead as well.  Does that mean that we should go back and remove
information on Mark Twain, too?

From any random scan of personal name headings, one is struck more
frequently by the *absence* rather than the *presence* of birth dates and
other such information.  So we really aren't talking about the major of name
headings created in the first place ... but rather the minority.

As for including the info based on the vita, anyone with access to the
author's dissertation can get that data.  Our institution makes all of our
Ph. D. dissertations available full-text online from any workstation in the
university.  In other words, the criminal element has ample open access to
the data without any mediation or facilitation on our part.

Yes, I agree, it's a possibility.  However, think of the SSDI ... All of
these "marks" are dead and can't come back to complain.  Having that whole
database out there for G** and all creation would seem a much more
attractive target ... that is, if I had a criminal bent.


On Sun, Oct 24, 2010 at 1:04 PM, Lasater, Mary Charles <
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> Daniel,
> I agree with you. However few of our students include a vita so I feel more
> concern/responsibility since I have to request dates from our Registrar.
> Mary Charles
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>  Subject: Re: [PCCLIST] Theses name headings and privacy concerns
> Hi All,
> As with Sherman Clarke, recording this information has not bothered me,
> either.  However, as Liz Miller points out, it could be used for ID
> theft, as could all the information we record.  Since the students are
> placing this information in their vita (sometime online and publicly
> accessible) then it would appear we are not increasing their
> vulnerability, but the info we record is widely available via LC
> Authorities and is consolidated there in numerous records.
> My first reactions are that I think that in the future I will refrain
> from including details that are not needed to break a conflict: for
> example, place of birth.  Birth date (routinely we only include year, or
> month/day/year) is usually going to be enough.  I think the maiden name
> is something I'll generally omit as well.  If the student hasn't
> published under that name by the time of the thesis, then she (or he)
> probably will not.  Name changes will occur for some of them, sure, but
> the effect in our work would be minimal I think and is a small problem
> that we encounter occasionally anyway.
> It's an interesting question.  It seems the exposure or risk is very
> small, but being pro-active for our patrons required, and it is also
> very little work once a policy decision is made.
> Other thoughts?
> Daniel
> --
> Daniel CannCasciato
> Head of Cataloging
> Central Washington University Brooks Library
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> that democracy means that my ignorance is just as good as your
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