Vice reports on a New Jersey Supreme Court ruling that decided in favor of handing over the names and addresses of dog owners for marketing purposes, but not the names and breeds of the dogs. The case stems from the state's Open Public Records Act, which, according to the report, was designed to provide residents with more insight into the state government. The Electronic Privacy Information Center, however, argues some companies are using the act to accumulate citizen data for marketing purposes. “Federal law prohibits the disclosure of personal information unless there is a public interest in the disclosure, and even then the public interest must be weighed against the privacy interest,” EPIC said.
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