A hearing on the injunction requested by the Oklahoma Public Employees Association has been set for April 7 before Judge Noma D. Gurich. (CJ-2010-2623, Oklahoma Public Employees Association v. Oklahoma Office of Personnel Management)
On its Web site, OPEA said, "A person’s date of birth is the missing piece in the identity puzzle if someone is trying to commit fraud or harm an individual."
However, national experts on data privacy have repeatedly said a birth date alone is not sufficient information to steal a person's identity and that public records are not a source of data for identity thieves.
In February, The Oklahoman requested basic employee information, including dates of birth, payroll records and employee identification numbers, for all state employees.