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MORE CORRUPTION: Tax Prep Software Sending Personal Data To Meta, Facebook Reader 11/22/2022 (Tue) 18:22 Id: e83b4a [Preview] No. 19349
MORE CORRUPTION:
Tax Prep Software Sending Personal Data To Meta, Facebook

Popular tax prep software including TaxAct, TaxSlayer and H&R Block sent sensitive financial information to Facebook parent company Meta

through its widespread code, known as a pixel, that helps developers track user activity on their sites, an investigation by The Markup found.

In a report published with The Verge on Tuesday, the outlet found Meta pixel trackers in the software sent information like names, email addresses, income information and refund amounts to Meta, violating its policies. The Markup also found that TaxAct had transmitted similar financial information to Google via its analytics tool.

As CNBC explained in 2018, Meta uses tiny pixels that publishers and businesses embed on their websites. The dots send a message back to Facebook when you visit. And it allows companies to target ads to people based on sites they previously visited.

https://archive.ph/p8o9h
https://www.cnbc.com/2022/11/22/popular-tax-prep-software-sent-financial-information-to-meta-report.html

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.

When users sign up to file their taxes with the popular service TaxAct, for example, they’re asked to provide personal information to calculate their returns, including how much money they make and their investments. A pixel on TaxAct’s website then sent some of that data to Facebook, including users’ filing status, their adjusted gross income, and the amount of their refund, according to a review by The Markup. Income was rounded to the nearest thousand and refunds to the nearest hundred. The pixel also sent the names of dependents in an obfuscated — but generally reversible — format.

https://archive.ph/b9DLQ
https://www.theverge.com/2022/11/22/23471842/facebook-hr-block-taxact-taxslayer-info-sharing


Reader 11/22/2022 (Tue) 19:38 Id: b02f75 [Preview] No.19350 del
>>19349
Yup. So, what is one to do?
Read it and weep...

https://themarkup.org/show-your-work/2022/04/28/how-we-built-a-meta-pixel-inspector

Enjoy This Tool:

https://themarkup.org/blacklight

Start testing the websites you use today!

Also, I found a site with the Meta Pixel code on it, and was able to remove the offending code from below the Header by right-clicking and Editing the HTML with the Inspector, then reloading the page. I doubt that will work everywhere, and you still gotta visit the page to do it. I haven't checked further to see about blocking outbound traffic through my firewall to whatever IPs it is sending info too, but assume that's possible. I'd be willing to bet there are hundreds of Fakebook IPs snooping everywhere though.


Reader 11/23/2022 (Wed) 13:38 Id: a8efe4 [Preview] No.19352 del
>>19350
About those spy pixels, would it help denying Javascript for most sites like I already do, or would I have to take more measures to secure the browser's (temporary) DOM storage?


Reader 11/23/2022 (Wed) 16:14 Id: b02f75 [Preview] No.19353 del
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>>19352
The Meta Pixel appears to load its own Javascript code. I also block all that shit, but am pretty fine-tuned in my approach, as I use a combination of uBlock Origin set up in an advanced way,which allows a lot more blocking, plus uMatrix, which allows for much more fine-tuning, and really lets you see a lot more detail as to exactly what is going on with one's interaction with each site. Between those two one can completely dispense with less powerful tools like NoScript; but for most people NoScript will be easier than learning how to fuck around with uMatrix on each site they visit! But uMatrix is SO MUCH MORE POWERFUL and Fine-Tuned, and SO "WORTH IT"..

Let me give an example of a website that is pozzed as fuck.

https://www.pharmacytimes.com/

Install uBlock Origin and block all third-party scripts, or all scripts, or all third-party everything if you want; or open up to everything but 3rd-party frames; it doesn't matter, because you can fine-tune your approach in uMatrix; and much will be learned every which way! You can figure out for yourself which tools are fucking everybody everywhere and you can block them in particular. Yes, it takes time to get uMatrix set up the way you want it for the websites you visit on the regular, but it's "WORTH IT".

As for DOM Storage, I use so many different browsers and sandboxed profiles that I have found it easiest to just make custom cleaners for Bleachbit and clean that shit after every browser shutdown, which can be quite regular! Good luck, bro! At least neither of us is being tracked and surveilled via our cellphone SIMS constantly contacting the nearest Stingray Device! SIM? Nope. Not for me. I do have a Pinephone, but I use it on Wi-Fi, and have VPNs, Lokinet, Tor, and, of course,
torsocks
, which is pretty awesome. Privoxy also can come in handy sometimes. It is important to learn HOW Network Traffic is routed, and CONTROL That. BTW, you could buy a cheap little Pi Zero and turn it into a Lokinet Wi-Fi Hotspot for your home too if you want. We can make shit a lot harder for these snooping fuckers, but if they have a real hard-on for you, they can probably compromise you. Even if they were to fully compromise me, all they would find is that I have a somewhat dim view of Authority figures like them snooping in on everything and fucking with my Authenticity. Other than having a "bad attitude" in relation to "Authority", I'm not doing anything "Wrong"; I mean, besides the "Wrong-Think" I am obviously guilty of!

https://github.com/necro-nemesis/LabyrinthAP


Reader 11/28/2022 (Mon) 13:08 Id: 5825c2 [Preview] No.19355 del
>>19353
I tried playing around with uMatrix a while back ago but it was too complicated and too much work to fool around with, I found the easiest way to defeat third party spying was to take a chainsaw like noscript and completely cut off Javascript to 90% of the websites I visited (also removing everything in their whitelist of-course). Plus the fact I use multiple browsers for different online activities and routinely gutmann bleaching all the .sqlite browser session caches, I doubt they'll be able to get much data from me let alone track me. WebGL and WebRTC are disabled for all my browsers too. Got no microphone or camera they can access if they did manage to hack my browser. I'll also admit I have another isolated personal computer I use for legit stuff like personal email and buying stuff online but that stays offline most of the time when not in use and has a completely different VPN. I doubt I'd need to go through the hassle of finding an outdated uMatrix add-on for my browsers just to stay secure. BTW, I do use the Librewolf web browser like you recommended and it works great.

Hope you had a great Thanksgiving with your family, I did and am looking forward to breaking open some more single malt scotch with some old friends come New Years Eve!



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