Texas courts blocks access to birthdates

The birth dates of about 145,000 state workers are not public record and should be protected to help them avoid identity theft, the Texas Supreme Court ruled Friday.

The 5-2 ruling overturned previous decisions by Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott’s office and trial and appeals courts.

The case stems from a 2005 dispute between the Dallas Morning News and the state comptroller’s office when the newspaper requested an updated state employee payroll database.

The state released most of it with full name, race, sex, salary, agency, job description, work address, pay scale, employment date and work hours for each employee, but then-Comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn withheld birth dates.

 

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