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If you’re using SimplexTax and follow this blog because you prioritize on your privacy, you likely want to take the following steps immediately:

  • Login to your account, and go to the account page.
  • Uncheck “Anonymous usage data” and “Your tax return”.
  • Find someone else to do your taxes in 2019.

Why the changes? SimpleTax was acquired by Weathsimple.
You can see the changes in privacy policy since the acquisition here:

> Absolutely gutted to see [@simpletax](https://twitter.com/simpletax?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw) gobbled up by the surveillance and data economy. > > before [@wealthsimple](https://twitter.com/Wealthsimple?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw) acquisition: <https://t.co/uJfQese8GY> > > after [@wealthsimple](https://twitter.com/Wealthsimple?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw) acquisition: <https://t.co/KDGRSfEXt2> > > One was written with people & principles in mind, the other with profit. > > — Jeff Sagal (@sagalbot) [January 9, 2020](https://twitter.com/sagalbot/status/1215387805368475648?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw)

You can read about the changes to their privacy policy on their blog. What’s not obvious is how this opt-out strategy, which appears to counter privacy laws that require opt-in consent, works exactly. I’ve asked them on Twitter, we’ll see how they respond:

> How does this work exactly? If I login once since your change and don't uncheck "Your tax return", then WealthSimple gets access to all of my previous tax returns? > > — Kris Constable (@cqwww) [January 10, 2020](https://twitter.com/cqwww/status/1215710690654052352?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw)