Thursday, May 01, 2008

Website publishes country's tax records

Ok, so thankfully, this story isn't from the U.S.

Italy's government had a total brain fart and decided it'd be a good idea to publish the entire country's tax info on the web. That's right. Every Leonardo, Michaelangelo, and Donatello (uhh, what's the Italian equivalent to Tom, Dick, and Harry?) had their tax info briefly published on a public website until it was crashed by thousands of visitors. Presumably, everyone was trying to catch a glimpse of their neighbors, bosses, and co-workers salaries and they clogged the site. Eventually, the government wizened up and took the site down.

Honestly, it would be kind of awesome to be able to get a sneak peek into people's finances, kind of like looking in someone's journal (not like I'd do that or anything). Then again, imagine all the problems it could create. You know a bunch of people went in and demanded raises today after seeing that their co-worker made more than them. How would you feel if all of a sudden your tax info was published on the web for the whole world to see? Would you care?

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3 comments:

Lara said...

Honestly? I never understood why people were so obsessive about keeping their earnings secret, except like in a situation like you said, where employee A might get upset that employee B was making more than them... but even then, who cares? Maybe employee B was there longer, has more education or experience, or is the owner's niece. Does it really matter in the long run?

My ex's family was so SO ticked off when they found out that I knew his income record info. I mean, they laid into him, right in front of me, as if I were some kind of evil human who would take that info and do something bad with it. LIKE WHAT!? Build a website that tells the world? And what if I did? Does anyone give a rat's patootie?

I don't know... I guess I'm just not as money-centric as most people. After that argument, the family had asked him if he knew MY income info, and after glancing at me for my approval, he proceeded to tell them exactly how many pennies and where they came from I made.

Smugly, I thought, "That's my man!" But seriously... I just don't get the idea behind keeping it so secretive.

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