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On my drive back home the other day I was listening to NPR’s Marketplace.  They had a segment titled “When the IRS ‘likes’ your Facebook update.”

The segment talked about how the agency is using sophisticated algorithms to mine for data about what you are posting on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and other social media sites to make a determination if you fit the economic profile of a tax dodger.  The IRS calculates that each year, as a result of tax dodging, the government misses out on $300 billion in tax receipts.

As stated on Marketplace, the IRS is hiring from the private sector and gearing up its data mining capabilities using online activity trackers to enhance the already vast amounts of data the government is collecting on your social security number, your health records, your banking transactions, etc., etc., etc.

Now all those posts about your new BMW, your new business purchase, vacation, where you eat, etc., etc., etc. are all fair game to the IRS to be included in the data it already has on you.

I know that corporations have already built an economic profile of me by tracking all my web activity and spending habits and then using that information to tell me what I should buy, but that’s just an annoyance.  I can choose whether to spend my money on their product or not.  But what I have a harder time understanding is when the government collects all this information I could wrongly be profiled and incur a lot of cost proving my innocence.

I’ll leave the politics out of this, but I guess the lesson here is to never post something, no matter how innocent, that you would not want the world or the government for that matter to see or use.   And remember- we are mortal but our digital life goes on forever.

Legacy Trust and Your Right to Financial Privacy

At Legacy Trust we have established policies and practices that respect the financial privacy of all individuals who use our trust company. We believe it is critical to comply with the laws and regulations designed to secure your financial privacy. Your relationship with us as our client is very important to us, and we want you to understand our policies and practices about handling your information.

This Policy applies to you – This Policy applies to our relationships with individual clients who inquire about or obtain products or services from us for personal, family and household purposes.

Strict security measures – We take the security of information very seriously. We have established security standards and procedures to prevent access to client information. We maintain physical, electronic and procedural safeguards to guard client information.

Limited employee access – We have established procedures to limit employee access to information to only those employees with a business reason for accessing such information. We educate our employees about the importance of confidentiality and client privacy. We take appropriate disciplinary measures to enforce employee responsibilities regarding client information.

Why we collect information – We collect information about you to:

  • accurately identify you;
  • protect and administer your records, accounts and funds;
  • help us design or improve our products and services;
  • understand your financial needs;
  • save you time when you apply for new products and services; offer you quality products and services; and comply with certain laws and regulations;

We collect information – We collect and maintain your personal information so that we can provide investment management and other services to you. The types and categories of information that we collect and maintain about you include:

  • Information we receive from you to open an account or provide investment advice or other services to you (such as your home address, social security number, telephone, financial information and investment objectives).
  • Information that we generate to service your account or from our transactions with you (such as account statements and other financial information).
  • Information on your transactions with nonaffiliated third parties.

We have established procedures so that the financial information we collect is accurate, current and complete. We are committed to work with you to promptly correct any inaccurate information.

Our selective sharing of information – In order for us to provide investment management and other services to you, we do disclose your personal information in very limited instances, which include:

  • Disclosures to nonaffiliated companies as permitted by law, including those who help us service your account (such as providing account information to brokers and custodians).
  • Other limited disclosures as permitted by law, for example, required reports to government entities.

We do not share your information with third parties for marketing purposes. We do not sell your information.

Former clients – If you end your relationship with us, we will continue to adhere to the privacy policies and practices described in this notice.


Important Information About Procedures For Opening A New Account

To help the government fight the funding of terrorism and money laundering activities, Federal law requires all financial institutions to obtain, verify and record information that identifies each person who opens an account.

What this means for you: When you open an account, we will ask for your name, address, date of birth and other information that will allow us to identify you. We may also ask to see your driver’s license or other identifying documents.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause; however, federal law prohibits us from waiving these requirements.

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