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Thread: MTurk Privacy Policy Question

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    MTurk Privacy Policy Question

    Hi, new here, I was about to sign up for MTurk when I came across this part of the Agreement:

    "In addition to the disclosures described in our Privacy Notice, we may disclose to Requesters your name, address, data on HITs you have completed, and Provider Tax Information. "Provider Tax Information" means tax identification information of Providers, such as a Social Security Number or Employer Identification Number.You hereby consent to our use and disclosure of Provider Tax Information and other data as described in this Section 6 and our Privacy Notice."

    Please is this something I should be concerned about? Why should requesters need this information?

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    Quote Originally Posted by shoebox View Post
    Hi, new here, I was about to sign up for MTurk when I came across this part of the Agreement:

    "In addition to the disclosures described in our Privacy Notice, we may disclose to Requesters your name, address, data on HITs you have completed, and Provider Tax Information. "Provider Tax Information" means tax identification information of Providers, such as a Social Security Number or Employer Identification Number.You hereby consent to our use and disclosure of Provider Tax Information and other data as described in this Section 6 and our Privacy Notice."

    Please is this something I should be concerned about? Why should requesters need this information?
    Once upon a time, if you made $600 or more from a single requester, you would get a 1090-MISC from them at the end of the year; this required Amazon to share your tax information with the requester.

    Amazon switched over to the 1090-K in 2013...

    "The IRS published new regulations under section 6050W. As a result of this change, Amazon Payments, as the third party payment network provider for Mechanical Turk transactions, is responsible for reporting transactions that meet the IRS thresholds via Form 1099-K, this reporting includes Worker earnings. As a result of this change, Mechanical Turk will no longer provide the Mechanical Turk tax report to Requesters."

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    While this part of the Participation Agreement may be a historical remnant, is it still in the documentation. This is taxable income, and there should be no expectation of privacy.

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    Thanks for your responses...Unfortunately Amazon wouldn't allow me to proceed for some undisclosed reason. Hopefully I receive an acceptance email in the future. Any advice? I wonder if the information here would still be useful for other sites like Mturk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shoebox View Post
    Thanks for your responses...Unfortunately Amazon wouldn't allow me to proceed for some undisclosed reason. Hopefully I receive an acceptance email in the future. Any advice? I wonder if the information here would still be useful for other sites like Mturk.
    Just have to wait it out. My wife applied in April and was rejected. In August, she received an invitation.
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    Amazon invited me to Mturk!! Excited and eager to learn more here at TurkerNation.

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