The incomes of every Italian citizen were published on the web without any prior warning by the government, just days before it was due to leave power.
Claiming it was part of a crackdown on tax evasion, the finance ministry yesterday put details of the declared taxable income of every citizen on the country’s tax website.
The site proved hugely popular. Surprised Italians, delighted at the chance to find out how much their neighbours, colleagues, and high-profile celebrities were earning, bombarded the site within hours of it going live.
Critics condemned the publication, however, saying it was an outrageous breach of privacy as the government did not have consent to make the information public.