IRS Claims That It Can Read Your Email, Text Messages and Other Private Electronic Communications Without Warrant
The latest shocking story that the main stream media is sure to ignore – The IRS is now bypassing the 4th amendment and claiming the right to read through all of your email, text messages, social media pages and other private electronic communications without obtaining a search warrant.
Via The Hill:
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.
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.
What do you think? Do you have a reasonable expectation of privacy when you send a personal email or text message? Are you OK with the government intruding in these aspects of your life?