The Kansas City Star has an interesting article this morning about how the IRS has far too much access to our personal information.
From this article, the SuperSleuth learned that the IRS employs over 100,000 people. That many people having access (to all the information required by an organization like the IRS) is never a good thing.
The article goes on to talk about how Internal Revenue Service employees improperly got into taxpayer records, and that although this led to 1,600 â€œadverse personnel actionsâ€ and 126 criminal prosecutions, it really has made very few noticeable decreases over the past eight years in the number of IRS employees who end up getting into personal information that they really have no business looking at.
The article makes some good points.
But here’s where the article takes a left turn. The SuperSleuth doesn’t really have a solid opinion on whether or not a flat tax is a good thing, but to use people’s current fear of their information being compromised, in order to promote the agenda of a flat tax, not only makes the argument weak, but also damages the credibility of those pushing for a flat tax.
The SuperSleuth really fails to see how improving the security of our private information would be “a nice fringe benefit to fundamental tax reform.”
Improving the security of our private information is not the issue. According to the privacy rights clearinghouse, over 89 MILLION records have been compromised in the last year and a half. (That’s just the breaches we know about.) To take such a cavalier attitude towards Identity theft to say that improved information security is just a “fringe benefit” shows that the article’s author doesn’t really have much first-hand experience with identity theft. Data Security is no big deal really – it’s only the personal information of millions of Americans, already in the hands of people who shouldn’t have it.
What people don’t understand is that there is a reseller network (which will be detailed in a later post). Once your information is compromised, re-securing your information is no longer the issue. It’s compromised forever.
The SuperSleuth will make a pretty bold claim here and say that the majority of Americans’ information is ALREADY compromised forever, and using data security as a way to promote the agenda of tax reform is both ignorant and pointless.
What people really need is to understand what’s going on with their information, and people need to have a solution to the problem before it affects them.