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Some people have been reporting unhappiness with the loss of the "remember me" auto fill feature, so if they add that, maybe they will fix the birthday issue at the same time. Anyway, good luck to you in all you do! :)
Use a different birthday. I've done that and won sweepstakes. When I win, they send me forms to fill out where I do have to give my real birthday and SSN and have it notarized. They then send the info to the IRS so winners will be sure to declare their winnings as income. The fact that I gave a different birthday to the sponsor on their entry form from what I put on the official papers when I was the winner didn't make a bit of difference. I agree, in this day and age giving out a correct birthday has become unwise. But you can still enter. I promise using a different birthday works--just pick a new one and use it consistently. Otherwise you might be disqualified by some sponsors in some sweeps if they suspect you are hiding behind fake data to get extra entries.
I admit, the first time I won a sweeps when I had used my sweeps birthday my heart was in my throat to see what would happen, but it was no problem at all. Sponsors are people and they understand. The birthday info is requested to make sure you are an eligible adult and for the marketing purposes. Securing your sensitive personal information doesn't impact the integrity of the sweepstakes. Using a sweeps birthday is what we all will want to do until all sweepstakes forms are changed to just asking for the year. Times have changed, so the forms will change, too.
It is great that people keep posting about this issue, so Scripps will know how important it is to us all. :)