Freedom of Information

Voice Card  -  Volume 32  -  Roger Card Number 2  -  Tue, Jun 21, 1994 1:30 AM

As most of you probably know, I am a member of Toastmaster's - a club that practices speaking in public.

It was surprising to see the reaction I got to a speech of unrestricted freedom of information - a nationwide data bank on everybody and every business which gives a intensive history of everybody, including everything that now goes into the databanks.

You would think that people would be glad to have the information available that would tell them wheather a person or a business could be trusted. They seem to be frightened.

Two of the audience came over and talked to me after the speech, commenting that they wouldn't ever allow the government to know this kind of information about them. This was astounding since most of the time, no one comments about what you say except to give agreement. (In addition, most of the information is available to specific government agencies like the police.) What does everybody feel so guilty about?