Thursday, April 21, 2005

Hey, Privacy Gurus, Catch This!

The San Francisco Chronicle's David Lazarus reports that tax prep software from H&R Block and Intuit reportedly used web bugs in their software to gather data about the use of their software by customers. David reports that this may violate Section 17530.5 of the California Business and Professions Code, which makes it a misdemeanor:

"to disclose any information obtained in the business of preparing federal or state income tax returns or assisting taxpayers in preparing those returns, including any instance in which this information is obtained through an electronic medium."

Check out David's article here.

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