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ID:

631

Date:

2013-04-10

Headline:

IRS Thinks It Doesn't Need A Warrant To Read Your Email

Reporter's name:

Matt Sledge

Delay/denial:

No

Lawsuit:

No

Fees:

No

Media outlet:

Huffington Post

City:

New York, NY

Summary:

Internal documents of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), released under the Freedom of Information Act, show that the agency adheres to a controversial interpretation of the 1986 Electronic Communications Privacy Act, which allows government agencies to obtain email older than 180 days without a warrant – and that the IRS Criminal Tax Division’s general counsel believed internet users had no “reasonable expectation of privacy” in their email because a third party (the ISP) retains the documents.

Notes:

The American Civil Liberties Union filed the FOIA request.

Keywords:

Email, Internal Revenue Service, IRS, Treasury, Electronic Communications Privacy Act, ECPA, warrant, internet, privacy, ISP

URL:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/10/irs-email-warrant_n_3055988.html


Agencies:

IRS
TREAS

States:

NY

Categories:

law enforcement
taxes
technology
telecommunications


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