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ACLU Draws Attention to IRS E-Mail Policy

ONLINE PRIVACY—U.S.

April 11, 2013

According to Internal Revenue Service (IRS) documents obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Americans have “generally no privacy” in their e-mail and social media communications, CNET News reports. A 2009 IRS handbook obtained by the ACLU says, “e-mails and other transmissions generally lose their reasonable expectation of privacy and thus their Fourth Amendment protection once they have been sent from an individual’s computer.” An ACLU spokesman said the IRS “should formally amend its policies” to require a warrant prior to accessing e-communications. There has been growing consensus of late to update the Electronic Communications Privacy Act to require warrants by law enforcement prior to accessing electronic communications.
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