Privacy is the antithesis of transparency, although many who urge transparency do not understand that in many cases the effect of more transparency will be to have less privacy.

For me the matter is simple; in public affairs paid out of the public purse transparency, right down to the very last penny made or spent, is essential. If the taxpaying population are genuine stakeholders in a nation (as opposed to mere milk cows) then they are entitled to see everything. In private affairs, however, it is the right of every person to maintain such privacy and confidentiality about his or her affairs as he or she wishes. It is not the duty of a citizen to help promote the sale of newspapers or increase the salaries and earning power of journalists and broadcasters.

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