Big Data & the IRS: The End of Privacy

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Big Data & the IRS: The End of Privacy

SAGE Ocean Speaker Series #1

Kimberly A. Houser is a tech attorney and social media law professor at Washington State University. She is the author of the Legal Guide to Social Media and The Use of Big Data Analytics by the IRS: Efficient Solution or the End of Privacy as We Know it?

Join us to hear Kimberly talk about her research of the IRS (the US taxing authority) and its illegal use and processing of big data.

This event is FREE and pizza/beer/wine will be provided!

Space is limited, so please RSVP if you plan to attend.

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Through this talk, Kimberly will explain the privacy issues resulting from the IRS’s big data analytics program as well as the potential violations of US federal law.

Although historically, the IRS chose tax returns to audit based on internal mathematical mistakes or mismatches with third party reports (such as W-2s), the IRS is now engaging in data mining of public and commercial data pools (including social media) and creating highly detailed profiles of taxpayers upon which to run data analytics. The practices, mostly unknown to the general public, are violating fair information practices. This lack of transparency and accountability not only violates federal law regarding the government’s data collection activities and use of predictive algorithms, but may also result in discrimination.

While the potential efficiencies that big data analytics provides may appear to be a panacea for the IRS’s budget woes, unchecked, these activities are a significant threat to privacy. Other concerns regarding the IRS’s entrée into big data are raised including the potential for political targeting, data breaches, and the misuse of such information by the executive branch.

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