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Suit Alleges File Sharing Violates Privacy

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

May 2, 2011

An H&R Block franchise in Colorado and seven of its clients have filed a complaint in district court alleging H&R Block is requiring them to use software that enables customer file sharing across the company, reports The Coloradoan. Linda Wild, who owns the franchise, says H&R Block informed her that her contract with the company would be terminated for not using the software, which provides access to such data as children's Social Security numbers, account numbers, names and addresses. Wild objects to the software because it stores the customer information in a central database accessible to all H&R Block agents, employees, affiliates and their employees.
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