IRS: We can read emails without warrant

Discussion in 'Civil Rights & Privacy' started by Mike, Apr 10, 2013.

  1. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Not only does the IRS want to mine our social network and access commercial databases and transaction info, now they are claiming the right to read our emails without a warrant ...

    The Hill: IRS: We can read emails without warrant

    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. 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.
  2. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    ACLU: New Documents Suggest IRS Reads Emails Without a Warrant

    Everyone knows the IRS is our nation’s tax collector, but it is also a law enforcement organization tasked with investigating criminal violations of the tax laws. New documents released to the ACLU under the Freedom of Information Act reveal that the IRS Criminal Tax Division has long taken the position that the IRS can read your emails without a warrant—a practice that one appeals court has said violates the Fourth Amendment (and we think most Americans would agree).

    Last year, the ACLU sent a FOIA request to the IRS seeking records regarding whether it gets a warrant before reading people’s email, text messages and other private electronic communications. The IRS has now responded by sending us 247 pages of records describing the policies and practices of its criminal investigative arm when seeking the contents of emails and other electronic communications.

    So does the IRS always get a warrant? Unfortunately, while the documents we have obtained do not answer this question point blank, they suggest otherwise.

  3. nachtnebel

    nachtnebel Original Member

    The inmates are running the asylum. Is there no oversight of these clods?
  4. nachtnebel

    nachtnebel Original Member

    Time to encrypt your emails I guess.
  5. nachtnebel

    nachtnebel Original Member

    So this is what the federal government, designed by lovers of civil liberty, such as Jefferson, et al, has degraded itself to. A vast internal spying apparatus.

    A government of the peephole, for the peephole, and by the peephole.
    phoebepontiac and DeafBlonde like this.

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