The Department of Labor called this morning, asking me to reconsider my refusal to participate in their monthly survey of employers. One issue I had with the survey, of course, was that it was a time-consuming mess. They called today to ask if I would respond monthly with just my employee counts. I said no. I gave them some variation of my answer that if I were a deer, I would not voluntarily provide my location and movement data to hunters. So I suppose I can expect an audit sometime soon.
This is a long-time debate on this site, as I have argued against more intrusive government economic data gathering while the technocratic response has been to argue that if government is going to do certain functions, wouldn't it be better if its data were good.
I am happy to see that others feel the same way as me about government data gathering, as apparently there is a push back among Republicans in Congress on the Census Bureau gathering data beyond the Constitutional minimum. I know on my Census response I filled in only my name, address, and number of family members at that residence and left everything else blank.