Italians Outraged, Yet Curious
Posted on May 1, 2008
Imagine going to the Internet and being able to see how much everyone in the United States, including you, earned and paid in taxes. The outgoing Italian government just made everyone’s private business public. Needless to say, Italians were outraged as they rushed to the Web to see the income of their neighbors and the rich and famous.
There has been outrage in Italy after the outgoing government published every Italian’s declared earnings and tax contributions on the internet.
The tax authority’s website was inundated by people curious to know how much their neighbours, celebrities or sports stars were making.
The Italian treasury suspended the website after a formal complaint from the country’s privacy watchdog.
The information was put on the site with no warning for nearly 24 hours.
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