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Why do papers think it’s a good idea to publish databases of people?

Seriously, gun permits. And now salaries of UT employees. I wonder if there will be a law to stop this, too.

3 Responses to “Why do papers think it’s a good idea to publish databases of people?”

  1. Sam Says:

    It’s actually pretty standard for public schools to publish the salaries of all of their employees. In, fact, I’m pretty sure every public school and state university does it. If you’re a government employee, you’re salary is published, because that salary is paid by the public.

  2. SayUncle Says:

    the information is publicly available. But not published in the newspaper.

  3. Mikee Says:

    I’m waiting for the list of legislators both state and federal and the individual line item earmarks they inserted into all legislation over the past year or two. That would make some interesting reading, but it would require more than a cut&paste from a government database to report on it, so what journalist out there can be expected to do such heavy work?