Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Investing for Survival--The IRS and your emails

No Warrant Needed to Read Your Private Messages
The Internal Revenue Service doesn’t think it needs a warrant to read your emails or other electronic communications. That’s according to internal IRS documents obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and released in April.
According to an IRS handbook obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, the Fourth Amendment doesn’t cover emails because Internet users “do not have a reasonable expectation of privacy in such communications.”
“The IRS is not alone in taking advantage of a huge loophole,” says the ACLU.
Under the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), law enforcement does not need a warrant to read emails and other electronic communications that are stored on a server for more than 180 days or that have been opened by the recipient.
However, representatives in both chambers are currently working on legislation to update the law. For more information visit here

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