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Bayer says Monsanto likely kept files on influential people across…

EXISTENCE OF MONSANTO 'ENEMIES LIST' EXPOSED & CRIMINAL COMPLAINTS TO BE PURSUED. It's one thing when a politically powerful despot – yes, Monsanto – maintains an Enemies List.
It's quite another thing and a rare day when an investigation by government prosecutors causes a mega multinational chemical corporation like Monsanto's new owner, AG Bayer, to publicly confirm "there were signs Monsanto had not played fairly in the use of private data."
Further investigations are being conducted by both prosecutors and an external law firm working for Bayer to get to the bottom of yet more Monsanto misbehavior.
At question, is whether Monsanto's collection of illicit dossiers was, in fact, a violation of law. Jim

"FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Bayer said on Monday its Monsanto unit, which is being investigated by French prosecutors for compiling files of influential people such as journalists in France, likely did the same across Europe, suggesting a potentially wider problem.

"French prosecutors said on Friday they had opened an inquiry after newspaper Le Monde filed a complaint alleging that Monsanto – acquired by Bayer for $63 billion last year – had kept a file of 200 names, including journalists and lawmakers in hopes of influencing positions on pesticides…

"'It’s safe to say that other countries in Europe were affected by lists … I assume that all EU member states could potentially be affected,' Matthias Berninger, Bayer’s head of public affairs and sustainability, told journalists on Monday…

"There have been a number of cases where – as they would say in football – not the ball was played but the man, or woman, was tackled,' Berninger, who joined Bayer in January, said on a conference call.

"'When you collect non-publicly available data about individuals a Rubicon is clearly crossed,' regardless of whether data privacy laws were actually violated, he added…

"French public-sector research institutes Inra and CNRS on Monday said they would file criminal complaints over mishandling of personal data, after finding that some of their researchers and executives featured on the Monsanto stakeholder lists."

Bayer says Monsanto likely kept files on influential people across…

Bayer said on Monday its Monsanto unit, which is being investigated by French pr…


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