they’ll find your assets
Years ago Shelley Powers wrote about getting a phone call from the IRS asking questions about her taxes based on what they’d read on her blog. Now, as noted by Digme, the Norwegian tax authorities are implementing a system that will automatically search the internet and “unstructured information” (as opposed to formal databases) to find assets that have not been reported to the tax authorities. It’s not really an issue of “Is Google Evil?”, is it – it’s simply surveillance. Which is fine, sort of, in a way, if you didn’t do anything bad and as long as the government is trustworthy and all the other governments are too and we’re not at war or in a fascist regime. Unfortunately most countries tend to be in one of those situations at least once in a lifetime, don’t they?