Saturday, April 01, 2017

Farm Bureau applauds settlement of personal info case

The American Farm Bureau Federation and the National Pork Producers Council have closed the final chapter of their lawsuit challenging EPA's release of farmer and rancher personal information, when a federal judge approved a settlement that secures the private information of thousands of livestock and poultry farmers in 36 states. "This lawsuit has won a major victory for personal privacy," said American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall. "Months ago, we won a court decision that vindicates the rights of farmers and all Americans to protect their personal information from dissemination by the government. This settlement is the final step, requiring that EPA scrub all personal information from the records involved and train its staff on the proper handling of personal information." AFBF and NPPC filed the lawsuit in 2013 after EPA released a vast compilation of spreadsheets containing personal information about farmers and ranchers in 29 states who raise livestock and poultry, in some cases including the names of farmers, ranchers and sometimes other family members, home addresses, email addresses, GPS coordinates and telephone numbers. EPA was poised at that time to release more spreadsheets containing similar information on farmers in an additional six states...more

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Anonymous said...

This is the same EPA that was whining 4 days ago about H.R. 1430 "The Honest Act" stating it would compromise the personal data of their sources if they reveal the sources of their "science" behind their regulations. I wish I was in that room at the time to remind the Dems that it was the EPA who was compromising farmers and ranchers.

I wish one of the Reps. would have used that little reminder to throw back in their face right there on T.V. during the debate of H.R. 1430