Date: 8 September 2015
THEY say that if you haven’t got anything to hide, you don’t have anything to worry about.
But that sort of argument doesn’t fly with the civil libertarians among us … and neither will the tax man’s latest power grab.
The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) could soon have tough new powers allowing it to access stored phone calls, emails and text messages, under a proposal to plug a potential budget black hole.
The proposal aims to claw back a portion of the billions of dollars hoarded by high-level tax cheats, The Australian reports.
There is, of course, nothing to stop the ATO from using those powers, in its annual crackdowns, on select Joe Bloggs workers and small business owners, be they tradies, teachers or taxi drivers. Continue reading Big Brother is watching and reading your emails