Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Beware!! IRS can Access your E-Mails without Warrant

Well you may not be aware of it, but the US citizens have no control to protect the secrecy of their e-mails, Facebook chats and Twitter direct messages - as these can be accessed by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) without  a search warrant.

That places the IRS at odds with a growing sentiment among many judges and legislators who believe that Americans' e-mail messages should be protected from warrant-less search and seizure.

They say e-mail should be protected by the same Fourth Amendment privacy standards that require search warrants for hard drives in someone's home, or a physical letter in a filing cabinet.

An IRS 2009 Search Warrant Handbook obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union argues that "emails 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."

The handbook was prepared by the Office of Chief Counsel for the Criminal Tax Division and obtained through the Freedom of Information Act.

Read more about it at: C|net
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