Publication of the financial disclosure forms of some 28,000 Executive Branch employees will cause them an immediate and irretrievable loss of their most private and confidential financial information. Details of their financial affairs, and the financial affairs of their spouses and dependent children, will be available to anyone in the world (literally) who has access to the Internet. No record will be made of who views or downloads the information. No restrictions will be placed on how the information will be used or distributed. Simply because they are senior civil servants or military officers, those Executive Branch Employees who file Form 278s will suffer the permanent loss of their confidential financial information.
The STOCK Act will take effect in September unless the court grants the ACLU's request to enjoin the law.
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