Some of you may have seen this over at
forces.org a few days ago but I'd be really interested to get some
feedback from people who are more familiar with the US legal system
than me (I am a humble Brit). The Data Quality Act is an obscure law
but it has been used to correct untruths about tobacco before and I
wonder if it also be used to challenge the worst of the anti-smoking
something of an irony that environmental and health organisations so
often complain about industry being "completely unregulated" when
they are subject to virtually no checks and balances themselves.
There is, however, one glimmer of hope, for Americans at least.
In 2000, an obscure law tacked onto an appropriations bill -
the Data Quality Act (DQA) - went some small way towards redressing
the balance. Under the DQA, more than 90 Federal agencies are
required to publish guidelines for basic standards to ensure the
"quality, objectivity, utility, and integrity of information
(including statistical information) disseminated".
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