The expansion of the CFO industry in Indiana is troubling to many, especially those who live in counties that are home to many CFOs. Just in the first quarter of 2006, IDEM approved 19 new permits.[vi] As of 2010, there are 2,051 such facilities in Indiana.[vii] CFO neighbors are concerned with their operations because of the pollution to air, water, and soil caused by CFOs, the increased illness rate of those living near CFOs, and the decrease in land value near CFOs.[viii] Counties in East Central Indiana were especially hit hard with the increase in CFOs after Gov. Daniels’ election.[ix] More than forty new CFOs were constructed in Randolph County, East Central Indiana, in the past few years.[x] Jay County is one of the few counties in Indiana with fifty or more CFO permits.[xi] Both counties are among the most popular for new hog CFO sites.[xii] It should not be a surprise that the Indiana State Senator representing constituents … [Read more...] about Will a Moratorium on Confined Animal Feeding Operations Ever Get Through the Indiana General Assembly?
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Second, Chairman Wheeler’s assertion that the new rules represent a “significant step to safeguard consumer privacy in this time of rapid technological change” may mislead consumers into believing their data is secure when it is not. The Fact Sheet does not explain to consumers that, while ISPs will no longer be permitted to monitor their customers’ web browsing history without consent, that same browsing history will continue to be mined, used and sold by search engine providers, social media websites and other Internet destinations. Even when a consumer opts out of sharing sensitive information with his or her ISP, that consumer will still receive targeted advertising derived from Internet use data collected by non-ISP edge providers. Thus, while the FCC’s strict regulation of ISP data collection and use practices may be well-intended, the narrow limits of FCC jurisdiction mean that the Commission simply cannot deliver on its promises … [Read more...] about FCC Issues New Privacy Rules for Internet Service Providers: Safeguarding Consumers or Lulling Them Into A False Sense of Privacy?
The FCC’s new rules share characteristics with the FTC’s long-standing regulation in this space, including requiring fixed ISPs and mobile data carriers that offer broadband services to obtain affirmative “opt-in” consent from consumers prior to using, sharing, or selling sensitive information. The FCC’s definition of “sensitive information,” however, is far more expansive than the FTC’s definition and includes geo-location information, web browsing and app usage history, in addition to the health and financial information considered sensitive by the FTC. Consumers will have the option to “opt-out” and prevent ISPs from using and sharing “non-sensitive” individually identifiable customer information as well. The rules also require ISPs to provide customers with information about their collection, use, and sharing of consumer data and to comply with additional protocols to protect consumer … [Read more...] about FCC Issues New Privacy Rules for Internet Service Providers: Safeguarding Consumers or Lulling Them Into False Sense of Privacy?
• Use a waterproof (of fireproof) container large enough for file folders. Include insurance records, mortgage records, credit card statements, a home inventory and important telephone numbers. Tax forms can be useful in reconstructing financial records. Keep a duplicate set of documents in a safety deposit box. … [Read more...] about Are you prepared for a real disaster? Here’s a plan