When it comes to the Internal revenue Service, what constitutes as “too invasive?” The IRS is trying to do its job by expanding its search for tax cheats to close the “tax gap.” What does this mass form of data tracking mean for our privacy, as the IRS potentially has the freedom to track our purchases, transactions, social media posts, and credit card history.
This type of tracking can be compared to Internet “cookies” that track more than just our favorite websites – including access to Social Security numbers, health records, financial transactions, etc.
“It also recently assembled $350 million in high-tech tools to do a lot of auditing, tracking and analyzing what people do on the Internet. The agency has used social media and other third-party sources in the past, but it has now increased its capability to do so from its own growing database of networks”. –Business Insider
The IRS has also hired private industry experts to assist them in tracking digital financial transactions. These “private industry experts” will have access to our credit transactions, health records, and social security numbers.With private industry having access to our personal information, it is only a matter of time before our private data bleeds all over the Internet…
Social Media Too
They will also be analyzing Facebook and other social media sites. Currently, the only way that the IRS can get in touch with Facebook is via this form:
“Private industry would be envious if they knew what our models are,” boasted Dean Silverman, as reported in trade publications. Silverman is the high-tech specialists who heads a group of recruited private sectors to update IRS technology to snoop on citizens using the internet. As expected the IRS declined to comment to national mainstream journalists on how they will use the new technology to sniff out online tax cheats. According to U.S. News and Report–IRS officials has already outline their plan in partnership with IBM and EMC to use their new technology for the following:
(1) Charting and analyzing emails and Social Media like Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin.
(2) Targeting audits by matching tax filings to Social Media or electronic payments.
(3) Tracking individual internet addresses and emailing patterns.
(4) Sorting data in 32,000 categories of metadata and 1 million unique “attributes.”
(5) Maching learning across “neutral” networks.
Can Americans Avoid the IRS Internet Trap? –Global Research CA
Before you allow grandma to post to her Facebook page about her next big pie sale, make sure that she is posting to “friends only” and not to the everybody else!