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Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Store Level Data Confidentiality

Laws and Regulation regarding data.  Since data is key to analytics,  these regulations are as well.

FMI wins Supreme Court ruling on SNAP data disclosure
Decision reinforces confidentiality of store-level information, institute says    By Russell Redman in SupermarketNews

The Food Marketing Institute (FMI) prevailed in a U.S. Supreme Court decision today that involved the confidentiality of store-level sales data for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), or food stamps.

In the case, Food Marketing Institute v. Argus Leader Media, the Supreme Court ruled 6-3 that the U.S. Department of Agriculture wasn’t required to release stores’ SNAP redemption data under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The court determined that the SNAP data was provided to the government “under an assurance of privacy” and that the release of that information also would cause competitive harm to retailers.  

The case arose in 2011, when a South Dakota newspaper, the Argus Leader, filed a FOIA request with the USDA for the names and addresses of all retail stores participating in SNAP and each store’s annual redemption data for the fiscal years 2005 to 2010.  .... "

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