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IRS Will Obtain Warrant Prior to E-mail Access

ONLINE PRIVACY—U.S.

April 17, 2013

In response to news last week that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) does not obtain warrants prior to accessing suspects’ electronic communications, IRS Acting Commissioner Steven Miller said the no-warrant policy for e-mails will be abandoned, CNET News reports. Testifying in front of the Senate Finance Committee, Miller said it’s currently the IRS’s policy to get a “search warrant in advance” of accessing a suspect’s e-mail, but he said he didn’t know if that policy extended to other electronic communications such as Facebook or Twitter.
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