How Public Should Public Information Be?

Just how public should public information be? That’s a trickier question than you might think, and it’s one that we should have addressed a long time ago. Here’s today’s example: should California publish on the web the names and monthly pension payments of all state retirees? It’s public information, after all. But just how public?

Michael Hiltzik has a good rundown of this issue here. It’s worth a read.