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Can pay, can't say

Martin Rosenbaum | 16:31 UK time, Monday, 12 November 2007

The FOI specialist Heather Brooke on her 'Your Right to Know' site adds an interesting sidelight to the 'Public Sector Rich List' issued yesterday by the Taxpayers' Alliance, partly compiled through freedom of information research. She lists seven states in the US where the salaries of state employees (not just the highest paid ones) are publicy available.

That's a good indication of different cultural attitudes to personal privacy on different sides of the ocean. In the UK the Information Commissioner would clearly not enforce such a policy of disclosure for the pay of ordinary rank-and-file workers.

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  • At 11:40 AM on 15 Nov 2007,
  • Andrew wrote:


A better comparision yet would be Mexico, where Article 7 of their federal FOI law mandates requirement of this information, along with more than a dozen other categories of information - including all government contracts, research grants etc.

Better still, all this information is collected together in the Portal of Transparency on the website of the Information Commissioners. You can access the portal here: - it's heading IV Remuneraciones you want for salaries and other compensation.

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