Information wants to be free!
Hmmm ... really? Well, if that's so, how do you
feel about unrestricted access to your medical
records? Would it be ok to use GPL software employed to restrict it from prying eyes?
As to governments concealing information from
their citizenry, this is a common practice -- and
many would argue a necessary one, at least in some
cases such as sensitive on-going diplomatic
discussions. That it's also frequently abused goes
without saying, governments being what they are.
They are, after all, the single institution which
mainly does as it pleases, with duly annointed
statutes ready at hand to make it all "legal" --
and with no noticeable consequence, even if breach
of the law is entirely indisputable.
It would be idle fantasy to count on some
restriction by private contract to have any effect
whatever on actual behaviors of national government. The crown, after all, can only be
sued by its own agreement. And it only agrees when
it is politically expedient.
There is nothing to criticize about any urge
to defend liberty. But liberty isn't license, and the
devil is often in the details when real life inevitably
compels determination of where one ends and
the other takes up.
Lawyers make a very fine living, in the US,
because so many of our laws have been driven into
existence by teary-eyed sentiment, unalloyed by
the minimum legal precision necessary to readily
define standards of compliance.
Often, therefore, the courts simply have to
make it up as they go along because the legislature
had no clear idea of what they intended -- except
pandering to constituents to perpetuate
incumbancy. Too cynical you say? Look again.
I compliment your sentiments. But I worry also
about possible consequences, were your idea ever
to get real "legs" and end up in the court system.
Age-old wisdom cautions we be careful what
we ask for -- for fear we might get it.