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May 9, 2018 - 10:03am

Senate passes Ranzenhofer bill aimed at protecting hunter privacy

posted by Howard B. Owens in michael ranzenhofer, outdoors, news.

Press release:

The New York State Senate has passed legislation (S3025)– introduced by Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer– to protect the privacy of sportsmen.

The bill prevents the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) from disclosing sensitive information listed on hunting, fishing and trapping licenses and permit applications.

Existing law does not contain restrictions on the release of information for holders of licenses and permits. The bill would also require the DEC to establish procedures to further ensure information is protected from disclosure.

“Data breaches are truly the dark side of the electronic age, and the unauthorized release of a sportsman’s sensitive personal details is a violation of privacy that can have terrible consequences.

This legislation prevents sensitive financial information from being exposed by requiring the Department of Environmental Conservation to take proactive steps to ensure sportsmen’s information is protected,” Ranzenhofer said.

DEC installed a new database system to maintain information on sporting licenses and permits. The system includes sensitive personal details, including: individual’s first and last name, date of birth, height, eye color, driver’s license number, mailing address, telephone number, and whether the licensee is permanent 40-percent military disabled.

The bill will be sent to the State Assembly. Assemblywoman Aileen M. Gunther is sponsoring the bill in the State Assembly. If enacted, the bill would take effect immediately.

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I can see people asking "Why would this be necessary?"

I pause in my response, because I understand that there are many people who believe themselves to be "progressive" or "liberal" who really aren't actually tuned in to the activities of their "co-religionists". (Sorry to be offensive, but, it is what it is.)

There is a group of people determined to use the transparency of a free society to inhibit the rights of those that disagree with them. They wish to be the fascists of today "for the betterment of society". Just like their forbears were.

If you think that the ends justify the means, you just may be a fascist.

Here's your sign.

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