But Trade Me’s trust and safety manager John Duffy said he refused IRD’s original broad-brush request for information. He said ordinary sellers were not included in the new request.
“I think it’s fair to assume that the IRD’s not worried about mums and dads who might be selling a fridge once a year, they’re more worried about the sellers at the other end of the scale.”
He said it was only right commercial users pay tax and he was not worried about an impact on business.
Well that is all very fine but I consider this an extreme example of IRD over-reach. The IRD should have no right to seek and search innocent people, be they Trade Me users or whoever. The only time they should have access to this data is if they are conducting an investigation into any individual user. And then requests for information should be confined to that individual.
This National govt won’t do anything about these kind of bureaucratic over-reaches and abuse of power. It doesn’t give one damn for the protection of our privacy. Minister Todd McClay is a weak and compliant big govt crony who only listens to cardigan wearing bureaucrats and not the citizens of NZ. HE STANDS FOR NOTHING..!
I so desperately wish there was a voting choice out there that would undertake to start curbing the power of out of control bureaucracies and not pandering to them as National does.