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Tax Filing Websites Have Been Sending Users’ Financial Information to Facebook

Major tax filing services such as H&R Block, TaxAct, and TaxSlayer have been quietly transmitting sensitive financial information to Facebook when Americans file their taxes online. The data, sent through a widely used code called the Meta Pixel, includes not only information like names and email addresses but often even more detailed information, including data on users’ income, filing status, refund amounts, and dependents’ college scholarship amounts. The information sent to Facebook can be used by the company to power its advertising algorithms and is gathered regardless of whether

Dollars to Megabits, You May Be Paying 400 Times As Much As Your Neighbor for Internet Service

AT&T, Verizon, EarthLink, and CenturyLink disproportionately offered the worst internet deals to neighborhoods that were formerly redlined, whose residents are lower income and have a higher concentration of people of color than other parts of the city.

What’s Missing from the Infrastructure Bill’s $65 Billion Broadband Plan?

President Joe Biden’s proposed multibillion-dollar Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act includes $65 billion in broadband spending. The bill doles out about $42 billion in grants to states to build out broadband infrastructure, improve broadband maps, or increase broadband adoption programs.