OKC discloses DOB of employee; newspaper learns he filed bankruptcy prior to city investigation
"The only exception ... would be if the agency makes a specific finding that the release of the record would constitute a 'clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy,'" Edmondson said in a letter telling state agencies of his formal opinion on the subject.
Smith changed course on Tuesday, telling reporter Bryan Dean in an e-mail:
"Mr. Martin could claim that his date of birth is confidential, however, after much debate and consideration, the City has decided that Mr. Martin’s interest is outweighed by the public’s exercise of their political power.
"I trust that you and the Oklahoman will exercise the utmost care in deciding if you will publish this date of birth," Smith said.
The newspaper did not publish Martin's birth date.
Citing Edmondson's opinion, Smith also made a request of the newspaper.
"[T]o assist the City in the balancing test required by the revised opinion of the Attorney General, please advise me what you perceive to be the public’s interest in knowing each employee’s date of birth," he wrote.
Joey Senat, Ph.D.
OSU School of Journalism