Thursday, August 27, 2009

Social Media Users Better Pay Their Taxes

Great article in today's Wall Street Journal discussing how some states have turned to Facebook, Myspace, and other social media sites to track down tax delinquents. According to the article, some states have ethical boundaries regarding how they are able to utilize social media and the Internet. For example, in Nebraska, officials are allowed to search social media web sites and Google to track down people who owe back taxes but officials are not allowed to "friend" a target utilizing false information.

As social media increases in popularity, I predict there will be numerous court cases on how government officials can utilize social media in their criminal and civil investigations. I also predict that the government will prevail in most of these cases unless the government's actions are egregious.

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