October 16, 2019

French plan to scan social media for tax fraud causes alarm

A new proposal by a French government official will allow the government to scan social media as well as commerce sites such as Ebay. It is so the government can determine if residents are actually living in the country more than they claim at tax time, in addition to what they are buying. If it appears that they are deceitful in reporting residence or income, when compared to the estimates of luxury goods and homes posted on their social media pages, then they could be assessed for more taxes than what they reported.

“France’s data protection watchdog has urged caution over plans to allow authorities to monitor individuals’ social media posts and purchasing activity on websites such as eBay in order to identify those committing tax fraud.”

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/oct/01/french-plan-to-scan-social-media-for-tax-causes-alarm

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