2/4/17 The Federation won a temporary restraining order Thursday (Feb. 2) blocking the release of dates of birth of Washington State Patrol employees.
Thurston County Superior Court Commissioner Rebekah Zinn granted the TRO until Feb. 17 to get the matter before Judge Carol Murphy. The order blocks, or enjoins the state and the WSP from releasing the requested dates of birth until at least Feb. 1.
This latest privacy court action by the Federation arose from a request from a reporter from the Seattle Post-Intelligencer online newspaper for the information, including dates of birth. The reporter said it was information that might be used as some type of reference guide.
But as in several recent cases, the Federation filed the challenge because in this day and age dates of birth can be used to track down a wide range of personal information.
The Seattle P-I wasn’t at the hearing to oppose the TRO.
The Federation represents six bargaining units at WSP, including the Crime Lab and an agencywide unit.
Update on another current privacy challenge: A private citizen’s public records request that your agency or institution informed you about (as of Feb. 1) has been further limited. The requester is no longer requesting state employees’ personal identification numbers. The requester previously dropped dates of birth from the request so dates of birth will not be released.