I would argue that a society which claims to be democracy must have certain privacy safeguards to prevent abuse by certain pressure groups within society. We must be free to vote by our conscience without any fear of reprisal and we must be free to support any cause without a fear of reprisal. That can only happen if privacy is maintained. I think that both an individual's voting in elections and as well as their donations should NOT be a matter of public record. The Eich incident explains why. In that case, someone used the public records to suppress the rights of an individual by conducting a witch hunt. It is interesting that the donation occurred in 2008 and yet nobody seemed to see the need to bring up the donation at any point while Eich held the position of CTO. He was only attacked when he was promoted to the position of CEO. The problem is that Eich might now have trouble finding employment and yet he committed no crime. He was simply exercising his rights and freedoms as a citizen. Before you weigh in on this, consider that the pendulum of popular (not necessarily majority) opinion could shift some day and you could find yourself under scrutiny with those same record one day. I would argue that everyone has a right to support the cause of their choice with personal funds and that nobody should have a right to use that support to attack them for political gain. I think the status quo in countries like the US inhibits the freedom of individual citizens and that nobody can enjoy their freedoms if they are under fear of reprisals and witch hunts.