New reports suggest that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) may be monitoring your social media accounts to see if you’ve been cheating on your taxes.
Russia Today reports that Kristen Matthews, an attorney at a law firm that specializes in privacy and data security, has cited several unconfirmed reports that the IRS will be checking individual Facebook and Twitter accounts for red flags such as a post about a business trip marked off as a business expense.
Sharing an expensive purchase also might not be a good idea if the government knows you work a low-paying job.
“There are laws that regulate the government’s ability to get a hold of things like credit card transaction history. But those laws have become more permissive in the last several years, particularly after 9-11, and so some might say those laws are no longer in line with the average expectation of privacy,” Mathewstold Fox-DC.