IRS: We Can Read Your Email Without a Warrant

The IRS claims that its agents do not need warrants to read private electronic communications, including email and text messages. The ACLU uncovered the policy yesterday following a Freedom of Information Act request.

Writes The Hill: “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.”

In a March 2011 update to its employee manual, the IRS reiterated this view.

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