10 thoughts on “Republicans Overseas Will Launch Legal Challenge To FATCA

  1. ArcticGrayling

    I would be interested to know the names of those Republicans voted for FATCA and the names of those who did not.

    I would also like to know the same about the Dems.

    It was passed into law in 2010. If we look at the House and Senate lineup from the time, I think we could do some pretty shrewd guessing.

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  2. OutragedCanadian

    Anyone using any social media should most definitely actually READ the privacy policy and learn what information is gathered, and how. Do some research. Search engines like Google and Bing gather information from your computer. There are more private alternatives like DuckDuckGo. There are services that will mask your IP address for you (which is tracked pretty much wherever you go (setting  ‘do not track’ in your browser isn’t a universally used standard). There are services that provide email masking.

    Review all of your settings on all of your social media accounts and make sure you know what you’re showing outward.

    And don’t forget your smartphone apps, either in any review.

    Twitter’s: https://twitter.com/privacy

    If concerned, set up a specific email address, twitter account, etc, that uses a pseudonym. I use outragedca and outragedcanadian.

    Having said all that, if you want to play online, it’s not easy to also be very private. It could probably be done if someone was really motivated.

    I set up my pseudonyms to protect my identity – to help protect me from trolls, abusers and possible identity theft. I have not taken the steps to go completely anonymous and underground because I truly don’t think anyone cares that much to try and track me down. I consider myself a runty minnow in the great big online sea.

    Governments have had the ability to intercept phone communication for a long, long time. I don’t see this as being any different. I don’t think they listen in on my conversations and I don’t they read my emails or give two hoots about what I tweet.

    That’s my nickel’s worth…

     

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  3. GeorgeIII

    It is your followers on twitter anonymity, I would be worried about.
    With the Canadian rules about swearing allegiance to the Queen 40 years ago, you are safe in Canada.

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  4. Lynne Swanson Post author

    I regularly tweet US Treasury, IRS, Flaherty (now Oliver), Finance Canada, etc. I use my real name and photo. I’m sure they know exactly who I am and where I live.

    Last week, I added a new title to my collection. I learned from Finance Canada I am a “repeat requester” when I submitted my second request for information under Access to Information.  Since then, I submitted an addendum to the second one (now has a new number) and submitted new ones on Thursday to Finance and to Foreign Affairs. I’m sure they now consider me a “serial requester.”

    I refuse to let fear silence me on Twitter or anywhere else.

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  5. OutragedCanadian

    I don’t want to sound paranoid, or scare people, but it’s almost impossible to stay completely anonymous in any kind of online world. However, it would take the desire to track someone down, and I think most of us are just little fish where they wouldn’t bother… Anyone that has followed the CBC stories about the NSA and CSIS should be aware of their abilities. It’s the way of the world, now, unfortunately. Privacy, if it isn’t dead now, soon will be, I think. I just don’t think they enough care about 99% of us to bother with us.

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  6. GeorgeIII

    Lynne I saw on TSN “The Reporters” (regarding the comments from Boston about Subban) where one of these reporter talked about the ability for Twitter to know the identity of people who post tweets. I assume they can check on people who are follower of your tweets.

    The story is not yet posted on the website
    http://www.tsn.ca/shows/the_reporters/
    I think people should know these social media communication are not secure.

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  7. Lynne Swanson Post author

    Since I posted that tweet, Stephen Kish has learned that Republicans Overseas need to do the same that we need to do. They need to fund raise for their legal challenge.

    I suspect Republicans Overseas may have an easier time raising the money. The lawyer representing them was an adviser to the Mitt Romney 2012 Presidential campaign.  That’s the type of donor we need.

    Again, anyone who would like to be our benefactor, please send me an e-mail at maplesandbox at yahoo dot ca.

     

     

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  8. LM

    WOW! I hope they can move quickly and with a powerful voice. I’m sure you will keep us up to date! 🙂

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