Farm Bill’s Database on Food Stamp Recipients Stirs Privacy Fear

"Danielle Citron, a professor of law at the University of Maryland who has written on privacy issues, is also skeptical of the database, saying “there’s no community more under surveillance than the poor.”

Potential for Errors

One of the biggest fears Citron had is the higher possibility for mistakes in a database this size. Because state agencies will all be contributing data, the “mistakes multiply,” she told Bloomberg Government. Currently, SNAP serves 42 million people. As the economy has improved, though, the number of SNAP recipients has been drifting downward."