This is huge. Today the Italian Tax Agency published the tax declaration of all Italian citizens online.
Then it was withdrawn because of the protests for privacy reasons.
Apparently the Data Protection Officer authorizes this in 2001 and 2003.
Here is the interview with the then Data Protection Officer, and privacy guru, Stefano Rodota’ (in Italian).
What is really interesting is that the argument he puts in favour of this is that it allows a “widespread control” (controllo diffuso). This is the crowdsourcing of the Tax Inspections!
If this is allowed for tax declaration, then almost every data can become public with this argument.
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UPDATE: even more interesting – the 2 biggest newspapers made an online poll, with each already 20K votes, and in both cases the majority of votes is in favour