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Italian Government Posts Every Citizen's Income

Would You Be Furious If Your Income Was Available Online?


Mama Mia, the Italian government is dealing with some livid Italians right now. They brought the fury on themselves, however, when they posted < a href="http://abcnews.go.com/International/PersonalFinance/story?id=4763719&page=1/">every citizen's taxable income on their website for everyone to see and did so without warning. Friends, enemies, and everyone in between have this in common, and it's part of the government's attempt to put the kibosh on tax evasion.

Granted, the site was only live for a few hours before Italy's privacy watchdog required its suspension. Tax minister Vincenzo Visco said, "It's all about transparency and democracy. I don't see the problem," while a consumer group said the site is "a danger for an increase in crime and violence as the data are an irresistible source for criminals." And Italian daily news provider Corriere della Sera said the site was "a delicious opportunity to find out with a click how much your neighbour or colleague or, for gossip fans, celebrities earn."

How would you feel as an Italian citizen whose income was exposed to be viewed by everyone with Internet access?

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