31 Aug IRS Mining Social Media Data for Tax Offenders Violates Privacy
A WSU law professor says the IRS is breaking privacy laws by mining social media for citizen information.
Associate professor of business law Kimberly Houser revealed in her research that there are some privacy issues with the IRS’s data analytics program which looks at correlations on fraud convictions and information gathered from social media. She points out that the IRS does not notify individuals that they collect data from, nor are they getting their consent. This is problematic since these individuals won’t have the chance to verify or correct the information associated with them.
Houser also says that judges need to understand new technology and recognize that the impact of archaic laws can potentially be harmful.
Source: Daily Evergreen