It is also a matter of law in many countries outside the US.  Privacy laws require that an organization act in response to a request from an individual to remove information which the individual deems private.  It’s become enough of an issue for us at OCLC that we, in cooperation with our legal staff, have put procedures in place to define what actions must be taken in response to various types of requests, to document how to work with national libraries and other agencies that are the sources of the data, to document what actions have been taken, and to recheck periodically to be sure that the information has not come back into WorldCat from another source.


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From: Bibliographic Framework Transition Initiative Forum [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of LAURA DAWSON
Sent: Friday, July 18, 2014 3:00 PM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: [BIBFRAME] BibFrame and Linked Data: Identifiers


I think it depends on any individual organization’s mandate. But I just know that IMDB has had to purge this sort of information because of complaints from actors/actresses and/or their agents. I agree that it’s more a societal problem than a data problem. But until that problem is rectified, there’s the potential for people not to get work; it’s a question of protecting the discriminated while the discriminators presumably are being dealt with.


(They’re not, though.)


From: Cindy Wolff <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To: Bibliographic Framework Transition Initiative Forum <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Friday, July 18, 2014 at 2:54 PM
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Re: [BIBFRAME] BibFrame and Linked Data: Identifiers


Well it is our job not to suppress such information, which makes me wonder what else people will urge us to purge from our catalogs. A lot of work-around to avoid age discrimination when society should be standing up to discriminators. I feel such caving in would make us complicit.

Cindy Wolff

> Sometimes I forget how effective a tool the internet is for suppressing
> indicators of sarcasm.
> Yes we have similar requests to
> too.
> cheers
> stuart
> On 07/18/2014 12:36 PM, LAURA DAWSON wrote:
>> Actor/actress career prospects. At ISNI, wešve received requests to take
>> birth dates down because of that reason.
>> On 7/17/14, 7:59 PM, "Stuart Yeates" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>>> LCNA / VIAF dates of birth turn out to be surprisingly useful for
>>> writing wikipedia biographies of living people.
>>> Almost makes you wonder whether there's a reason we shouldn't be
>>> plastering people's dates of birth all over the public internet.
>>> cheers
>>> stuart
>>> On 07/18/2014 10:14 AM, Karen Coyle wrote:
>>>> Wow. Am I now glad that my LCNA entry doesn't include birth date :-).
>>>> I
>>>> doubt if the entry has ever had such exposure.
>>>> kc
>>>> On 7/17/14, 1:27 PM, LeVan,Ralph wrote:
>>>>> -----Original Message-----
From: Bibliographic Framework Transition Initiative Forum
>>>>> [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Pilsk, Suzanne
>>>>> Sent: Thursday, July 17, 2014 3:54 PM
>>>>> To: [log in to unmask]
>>>>> Subject: Re: [BIBFRAME] BibFrame and Linked Data: Identifiers
>>>>>> So Ralph, are you saying the IRI for Karen should be
>>>>>> Bf:identifierValueURI<,_Karen>?
>>>>> Well, the hash stuff at the end is gratuitous decoration, but yes,
>>>>> that's the correct URI. (without
>>>>> trailing slash or hash comment) is the ID for Karen as a
>>>>> RealWorldObject and returns a 303 redirect to that URI with a
>>>>> trailing
>>>>> slash, pointing to our page about her.
>>>>> Ralph