Op-ed: Removing birthdate from Iowa court records could have unintended consequences

Over the past several years, efforts have been made to remove identifiers from public records due to concerns over identity theft.

Many federal, state and local public agencies and courts are actively considering whether to remove or redact identifiers from public records and documents.

The Iowa State Court Administration is considering redacting (masking) the date of birth (DOB) from court records. As well intended as this move may be to protect Iowa’s citizens from identity theft, it could carry with it some unintended consequences impacting those seeking employment or housing. Continue…