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HMRC: taxman increasingly
´snooping´ on taxpayers

Telegraph [UK], by Staff

Original Article

Posted By:Attercliffe, 1/14/2013 5:51:09 AM

Figures show Her Majesty´s Revenue and Customs officials made almost 14,400 authorised views of "communications data" on taxpayers during tax evasion investigations. This compares to more than 11,500 such views in 2010, which equates to a rise of almost 25 percent, according to statistics released under Freedom of Information laws. Using the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000, HMRC can access details on what websites are viewed by taxpayers, where a mobile phone call was made or received and the date and time of emails, texts and phone calls. From October 2011 to the end of September last year

Comments:
Another bit of legislation Labour imposed on the British which has not yet curtailed--probably because of the maelstrom caused by other, more urgent barriers to a free society, like full-on immigration.

If such invasions of privacy are not already occurring in the U.S., there is no doubt in my mind that it will be here soon--very soon--with "affordable" health care regs the excuse.

Be warned.

P.S. Ignore the "Her Majesty" bit. It´s always been called that, as with the HMS denoting a Royal Navy ship. More traditional than anything else--everybody knows it doesn´t have a literal meaning.

      


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