14 thoughts on ““This Is Appalling”: Major Tax Filing Services Have Been Sending Financial Information To Facebook

  1. “Deep Corporate” makes allegations of “Deep State” look like tinfoil hat fashion wear on the “Red Carpet”.

    The digital age adage of “don’t post anything on the net you wouldn’t want your grandmother to see” has practical application regarding financial tools also.

    We can run, but we can’t hide after the first keystroke or mouse click. Convenience has a price.

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    1. RE: “The digital age adage of “don’t post anything on the net you wouldn’t want your grandmother to see” has practical application regarding financial tools also.”

      According to this story, personal financial data is being harvested without informed consent. Is the subversion of privacy an acceptable price to pay for “convenience”?

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      1. That is your choice. Don’t do business on the web or with companies that don’t protect your privacy if that overrides convenience for you.

        Generally, Europe is much more protective of online privacy than we are. I think we value profit more than privacy.

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      2. For most Americans, convenience is the deciding factor.

        Much noise is made about the government overreaching and gathering data on its citizens.

        The private sector likes that since it diverts attention from the daily gathering of immense amounts of data on us then used for profit.

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          1. Did I say we shouldn’t question government data usage?

            The point was that corporate America is more efficient, devious and thorough about gathering, analyzing and profiting from our most personal data. Politically, however, it sells well to keep the government under the microscope and ignoring Amazon.

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          2. Personal tax return information is created because government requires its creation. That this information is being harvested surreptitiously and processed for monetization by Facebook describes a nexus between government and private interests.

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          3. Got it. You are defending a possibly illegal or a certainly unethical act by saying that the victims made a choice to become victimized.

            Sometimes I wonder why I bother to post in this forum.

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          4. “You are defending a possibly illegal or a certainly unethical act by saying that the victims made a choice to become victimized.”

            Same charge is thrown at rape victims all of the time. Get over yourself.

            And if you choose to stop posting on this forum, I for one, will not miss you.

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      1. …”in this instance.”

        In this, and EVERY instance. You take a great deal of issue with “anonymous sources” when reported in news stories, but take great joy in sighting them yourself.

        You should not want to have it both ways, but you do.

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