So today I got an email from the Maine Inland department of Fish and Game. They are who I buy my fishing license and(once I start hunting again) my hunting license from. I do it online since its much to difficult to drive to Maine and find a place that is open on the weekends that sells the permits. The email stated that the department had a Freedom of Information request for their email list. They brought the issuer to court with the opinion that their email list is not public information and should be kept private. They lost and now must release their email list, including my email to whoever initiated the Freedom of Information request.
I am not quite sure how to deal with this. At first I was not happy to have my personal information released like that. Then I thought well is that actually private information. After much thought I decided that I don't see how a distribution list for a state licensing department is public record. I understand that they have a right to see who bought a permit and all that (although I am not sure I believe thats public info either) But my email I use to purchase said permit is not of public record. I purchased my permit through the online site, as the state of Maine requests, and I don't see how that is public information.
I am open to (and encourage) all opposite views always in this blog (or in any conversation we have, but I am particularly interested in this topic. What are peoples thoughts on this?