Because of animal rights harassment and recent suspect Freedom of Information Requests (FOIA) for permitting information there has been concern for hunters' privacy. Let me assure the community that the private information of applicants has always been and continues to be protected. The FOIA law exempts such information from disclosure and the form itself states as much in the pages of instructions. This protection is applied automatically by FWS without you having to assert the privilege.
An applicant's address, phone, fax, email and social security number are protected. Also, thanks to Conservation Force, applicants' occupations and social security numbers are no longer to be required on import permit applications.
Sentence five on page 6 of the import permit application form states, "For individuals, personal information such as home address and telephone number, financial data, and personal identifiers (social security number, birth date, etc.) will be removed prior to any release of the application." Form 3-200-20, IMPORT OF SPORT-HUNTED TROPHIES.
This protection is embodied in the FOIA exemptions 6 and 7(c). I should add that foreign governments are not subject to FOIA and make it a practice not to give out personal information that would identify an individual hunter. They are sensitive to your concerns for privacy. - John J. Jackson, III