BULLETIN Request withdrawn for dates of birth for State Patrol members
Feb 10, 2017
2/10/17 The Seattle Post-Intelligencer online newspaper has withdrawn its request for the dates of birth of Federation-represented employees in the Washington State Patrol, according to Federation Attorney Ed Younglove.
Younglove confirmed that attorneys for the P-I’s parent corporation, Hearst, had informed the Washington state attorney general’s office that it was no longer seeking the dates of birth as part of its public records request. The Hearst Corporation notified the attorney general in an email sent at 10:51 a.m. Friday (Feb. 10).
This came after the Federation on Feb. 2 won a temporary restraining order against the release of dates of birth for our members in the six Federation-represented bargaining units in the State Patrol, including the Crime Lab.
The Federation sought the TRO because in this day and age dates of birth can be used to track down a wide range of personal information.
Younglove credited the P-I and the Hearst Corporation with recognizing the gravity of the State Patrol members’ concerns about the release of their birthdates.
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