Texas State Employee Birth Dates Are Public Records

The Texas 3rd District Court of Appeals in Austin ruled on January 17, 2008 that the birth dates of Texas state employees are a matter of public record.

A public records legal battle over the birth date information began two years ago when Dallas Morning News reporter Jennifer LaFleur attempted to gain access to a current copy of the Texas state employee payroll database. The Texas comptroller’s office released most of the database; but, unlike in years past, decided to exclude the birth dates of the state employees.

Texas Comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn fought to make the birth dates private due to a fear of possible identity theft of state employees personal information.

The comptroller’s office is deciding on a possible appeal to the Texas Supreme Court.

Source: rcfp.org