Birthdays Sealed

Oklahoma City, OK – Judge prevents release of state worker birth dates

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) A judge has granted a temporary restraining order that prohibits the state's personnel office from releasing the birth dates of state employees.

Oklahoma County District Judge Bryan Dixon approved the order on Friday.

The Oklahoma Public Employees Association sought the restraining order to prevent the Office of Personnel Management from releasing the birth dates of public employees to the state's largest newspaper, The Oklahoman.

The state workers' union has said such information could lead to identity theft and pose a threat to state law enforcement agents.

The media and open records advocates dispute those claims and say the birth dates of taxpayer-funded workers clearly are subject to the state's Open Records Act.

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