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Friday, November 25, 2022

Major tax filing services such as H&R Block, TaxAct, and TaxSlayer have been quietly transmitting sensitive financial information to Facebook when Americans file their taxes online, The Markup has learned.

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...The data, sent through widely used code called the Meta Pixel, includes not only information like names and email addresses but often even more detailed information, including data on users' income, filing status, refund amounts, and dependents' college scholarship amounts.

The information sent to Facebook can be used by the company to power its advertising algorithms and is gathered regardless of whether the person using the tax filing service has an account on Facebook or other platforms operated by its owner Meta.

Each year, the Internal Revenue Service processes about 150 million individual returns filed electronically, and some of the most widely used e-filing services employ the pixel, The Markup found....


#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-11-25 01:48 PM | Reply

L stopprdFB for many more years. Tat story is an amazing disregard by corporations fot their cusromer's privare informstion.L would expect class ation law suits against all the companies involved.

#2 | Posted by danni at 2022-11-25 04:30 PM | Reply

@#2 . ... would expect class ation law suits against all the companies involved. ...

At the least.

This story also makes me wonder where else is Meta (nee, Facebook) is doing mass gathering of people's personal and private data?

#3 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-11-25 05:39 PM | Reply

Its disgusting, but if we are going to find the MAGATs in the "house", this is what it will take.

This story also makes me wonder where else is Meta (nee, Facebook) is doing mass gathering of people's personal and private data?

You really are clueless.

#4 | Posted by oneironaut at 2022-11-25 05:50 PM | Reply

"gathering of people's personal and private data?"

I think the people involved have a rifgt to know and will sue to find out.

#5 | Posted by danni at 2022-11-25 05:56 PM | Reply

@#4 ... but if we are going to find the MAGATs in the "house", this is what it will take. ...

Please explain. thx.


.... You really are clueless. ...

Not really. The firewall for my home network has been blocking Facebook, and now Meta, tracking pixels for years. Any browser that is used on my home network is protected from this behavior of Meta's. Not at thebrowser level, but at the network level.

I also am aware of much other data gathering by other entities, indeed, I've posted numerous articles here on this august site about it.

For example...

Why bother with warrants when cops can buy location data for under $10k?
www.theregister.com

Perhaps your current alias is the clueless one ... ;)


#6 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-11-25 05:59 PM | Reply

@#5 ... I think the people involved have a rifgt to know and will sue to find out. ...

Indeed.

More from the article...

...Meta wins financially, too. The company says it can use the data it gleans from tools like the pixel to power its algorithms, providing it insight into the habits of users across the internet.

The strategy has been successful for Facebook. In 2018, the company told Congress that there were more than 2 million pixels across the web -- a massive data-harvesting operation most internet users never see.

"The practice is ubiquitous," said Jon Callas, director of public interest technology at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, who said he was left in "shock but not surprise" at The Markup's findings....

[emphasis mine]

#7 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-11-25 06:35 PM | Reply

I think I'm going to start filing my taxes under the name Margaret Thatcher and claim to be an 18 year old asian from Australia.

#8 | Posted by Tor at 2022-11-25 06:51 PM | Reply

Might Meta (nee, Facebook) be suppressing links to this article on its website?

Would not surprise me....

#9 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-11-25 07:58 PM | Reply

This story also makes me wonder where else is Meta (nee, Facebook) is doing mass gathering of people's personal and private data?
#3 | POSTED BY LAMPLIGHTER

Everything. Location. Travel patterns. Search histories.

Probably far more than we thought possible.

#10 | Posted by jpw at 2022-11-25 11:10 PM | Reply

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