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Meta Sued Over Collecting Taxpayers’ Data From E-file Services

Dec. 2, 2022, 11:39 PM

Meta Platforms Inc. collected sensitive taxpayer financial information from major US electronic tax-filing services that shared it without consent, according to a proposed class action in California federal court.

H&R Block, TaxAct, and TaxSlayer are among the major tax services that embed code from Meta on their websites that transmits “filers’ names, income, filing status, refund amounts, names of dependents, and dependents’ college scholarship amounts,” and other information to the parent company of social media giant Facebook, according to the complaint filed in US District Court for the Northern District of California on Thursday.

The code, known as a ...