Your Online Activity and Who Knows About It
There are individuals who would like to see the government getting involved with the regulation of information on the Internet. The mere thought of such government control conjures up images of more heavily government-controlled countries like China and Iran, however it appears that our own government is already doing its share of information control.
Do we really need more regulation about what can and cannot be viewed online? Many of the current contentious issues relate to privacy concerns such as Facebook's facial recognition technology and Google's cataloging and selling user online habits. Other concerns involve the use of information obtained through geographical tracking on mobile devices. There's good and bad in all of this; the watchword of AccountingWEB blogger Ken Garen is that any legislation relating to the restriction of or the free flow of information on the Internet "cannot, and should not, be handled by a commission with a political agenda."
Perry is a CPA and a former senior tax accountant with Big Four firm Deloitte. She maintains a small tax practice, she is a personal finance instructor, and the author of thirty books, including Surviving Financial Downsizing: A Practical Guide to Living Well on Less Income (Adams Media); QuickBooks on Demand (Que); Excel 2007 Macros Made Easy (McGraw Hill); The Complete Idiot's Guide to Doing Your Income Taxes (Alpha/MacMillan); and, most recently, Mint.com for Dummies (John Wiley & Sons). In addition, she is a former columnist for the Indianapolis Star and Indianapolis News daily newspapers.
Perry is a nationally recognized speaker who advises public accountants on using Internet tools to improve their accounting practices. She also taught a college-level introductory accounting class and was on staff at the Indiana CPA Society as a computer applications instructor. For five years, she was a contributing editor for Accounting Today magazine before taking over the helm at AccountingWEB.
Perry is a graduate of Indiana University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism. She returned to school to study accounting at Illinois State University, passed the CPA exam (in one sitting!), and worked for Deloitte in the Chicago tax department.
Gail has been named one of the 25 Most Powerful Women in Accounting by CPA Practice Advisor magazine and the American Society of Women Accountants.