I am all for "transparency" while maintaining my strong feeling that privacy supersedes "transparency" in the realm of personal information. People are forever coming up with new and really (honestly) great ideas that scare the shit out of me.
First there was the Sex Offender's Registry. It's a good idea, but it has become a clusterfuck of injustices. A drunken teenager who pisses in the shrubbery is not a sex offender, yet many such are in the registry. <sigh>Whatcha gonna do?</sigh> It's a good idea with serious flaws that will never be corrected.
Now I hear that North Carolina is creating an "Animal Abuser" registry. They want it public and they want it national. Another good idea, but I wonder how it is going to be used? Will those convicted of animal cruelty be barred from pet stores? Kept from owning puppy farms? Will I be able to look up animal abusers in my neighborhood if my dog goes missing? What do I do if I find the man down the street abuses dogs? Go burn his house first if my dog is killed by a car?
The Credit Report industry has turned into a "Debt Offender's Registry". I hear more and more instances where people with bad credit, bankruptcies, home repossessions, car repossessions, can't get work because some corporate flack in HR checked their credit report and decided that these things indicated bad character. In this economy? Does it really? Your credit report has started taking the place of a background check for entirely too many people.