IRS: We can read emails without warrant (Where’s the American Outrage?)

IRS: We can read emails without warrant (Where’s the American Outrage?)

 

 

 

The Hill ^ | 04/11/2013 | Brendan Sasso

 

 

 

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Posted on Thursday, April 11, 2013 12:24:02 PM by SeekAndFind

 

 

 

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has claimed that agents do not need warrants to read people’s emails, text messages and other private electronic communications, according to internal agency documents.

 

 

 

 

 

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The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which obtained the documents through a Freedom of Information Act request, released the information on Wednesday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

In a 2009 handbook, the IRS said the Fourth Amendment does not protect emails because Internet users “do not have a reasonable expectation of privacy in such communications.” A 2010 presentation by the IRS Office of General Counsel reiterated the policy.

 

 

 

 

 

Under the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) of 1986, government officials only need a subpoena, issued without a judge’s approval, to read emails that have been opened or that are more than 180 days old.

 

 

 

Privacy groups such as the ACLU argue that the Fourth Amendment provides greater privacy protections than the ECPA, and that officials should need a warrant to access all emails and other private messages.

 

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Traditionally, the courts have ruled that people have limited privacy rights over information they share with third parties. Some law enforcement groups have argued that this means they only need a subpoena to compel email providers, Internet service companies and others to turn over their customers’ sensitive content.

 

 

 

But in 2010, a federal appeals court ruled that police violated a man’s constitutional rights when they read his emails without a warrant.

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Excerpt) Read more at thehill.com …

 

 

 

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2 Responses to IRS: We can read emails without warrant (Where’s the American Outrage?)

  1. Gunny G says:

    Reblogged this on THE NEW GUNNY G BLOG, ETC. ! and commented:

    GyG

  2. Gunny G says:

    Shhhh…….. outrage ain’t pc anymore…..!!!!!

    Semper Nice!
    (Inna-p!gs-@$$) !!!!! !!!!!!
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