Changes to SimpleTax

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:

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: