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Contractor says his birthdate none of government’s business

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A ministry awarded a road-building contract to a man who operated as a sole proprietor and was therefore personally responsible for legal liabilities incurred in the operation of his business. The ministry needed to confirm he was at least 19 and therefore legally a responsible adult, so it asked him for two pieces of identification including one showing his date of birth. He objected and asked us to investigate the ministry’s authority to require him to provide his date of birth.

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