October 13th, 2004


What's wrong with this picture?

OK so this morning's wee news item was how the Department of Justice is going to publish the names and addresses of people with outstanding fines of over $500 in national newspapers. They're going to do this on October 30 and 31.

First, I'd like to say that I don't have any outstanding fines and even if I did, I wouldn't care who knew. Hey world, I owe $6000 on my car. It's gonna take 3 years to pay off. So damn what?

But, if I happened to be a vindictive ex, a potential abducter of children or a serial killer, I'd think that a list of names and addresses was Christmas. And also, if I published names and addresses of people who owed me money in national papers, I have no doubt they'd have grounds for a court case against me regarding privacy.

I have no objection to the embarrassment factor of people's names being published, or even the towns they are in. But address details? That is just -wrong-. And, if IRD can access bank accounts to retrieve outstanding debts without resorting to dangerous practices, why can't the Department of Justice?

In this day and age when everyone's about protecting personal information, this is a very crappy thing to do. Even ex-convicts get privacy about where they live.

On a totally unrelated note, you know the engine-starting product that is known in NZ as CRC? Well, apparently in Ireland they have a similar thing, only it's called 'Start Ya Bastard'. *grin* (from an Irish musician interviewed on the radio)
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