Statskunskab Saturday: Freedom of Information

Now that people have stopped talking about the giraffe killing, and a new leader is in place for SF, the Danish political scene seems relatively quiet.

One current issue is that many publicly owned companies are seeking exemptions from a law that requires them to be relatively transparent and have accessible information.  The reasoning behind the law is that since public holdings are payed for with tax dollars, citizens have a right to know about how those companies operate. However, more companies are seeking exemption from the law, most claiming that they cannot allow competition access to sensitive information.

Personally, the fact that DSB, the company that runs nearly all the trains in Denmark (therefore making it an extremely dominant part of everyday life) holds an exemption from access laws. It seems absurd to me that there need be confidential information on a company that runs public transportation.

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