Tax prep services send sensitive financial info to Facebook

And they didn’t even know they were doing it.

Cory Doctorow

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An H&R Block storefront; the ‘o’ in Block has been replaced with the glaring red eye of HAL9000 from 2001: A Space Odyssey. Mark Zuckerberg’s metaverse avatar peeks out from behind a pillar. Image: Cryteria (modified) https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:HAL9000.svg CC BY 3.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/deed.en Social Woodlands (modified) https://commons.m.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:H%26R_Block_%285424899168%29.jpg CC BY 2.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/deed.

If you were unfortunate enough to e-file your US tax using HR Block, Taxact or Taxslayer, your most sensitive financial information was nonconsenually shared with Facebook, where it was added to the involuntary dossier the company maintains billions of people, including people who don’t…

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