ITALY: Use social-media data in fight against tax evasion says Leo

As published on: ansa.it, Thursday 1 February, 2024. 

The government is looking at the use of data scraping from social-media platforms in the battle against tax evasion, Deputy Economy Minister Maurizio Leo said on Wednesday.

"What needs to be done, and what we are working on with the Inland Revenue Agency (l'Agenzia delle Entrate), and (public IT agency) Sogei, is so-called 'data scraping', which means taking account of the standard-of-living data that professionals and entrepreneurs publish on social networks (and seeing if it is compatible with their tax declarations)," Leo said.

"We have already started discussing this the privacy authority, and they are willing to cooperate, as long as the protection of personal data is not prejudiced.

"Collaboration with the (privacy) authority is absolutely fundamental.

"Tax evasion is huge weight (on society), like terrorism, and we all must cooperate".


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