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IRS: We can read emails without warrant – Thoughts?

April 11, 2013

IRS: We can read emails without warrant – The Hill’s Hillicon Valley.


“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.

Privacy groups such as the ACLU argue that the Fourth Amendment provides  greater privacy protections than the ECPA, and that officials should need a  warrant to access all emails and other private messages.”



I’d like thoughts and responses on this online post folks.

Is it ok for anyone to read my emails?

This isn’t twitter where I blast isht out to 1200 ppl- yes my reach on twitter is short.  3000 followers combined at last count.  But my point is salient nonetheless.  How far does the governments or even the company you work for’s reach extend?

Does it exceed their grasp?

Are we expecting privacy when we shouldnt?

Are we the fools? Are they tyrants?

I’m sure there is some middle ground but I think it needs to be cleared at the highest level court system.

I also think people take for granted what they put in writing and what they put on the net.

I’m no supporter of Stop & Frisk, but I see the need for Peace Officers.

Police officers have become the need based on the decline of the moral fabric.

As long as society isn’t fixed at the root issue we will have our privacy intruded upon.

Until there is large scale growth of the individual and communal conscience we are all at risk.



Want to have some civilized discourse on my blogtalk radio show?

Let’s discuss the present and shape the future.






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One Comment
  1. jeffrey_4000 permalink

    this speaks to my frustrations with our society and government we are too distracted to question our authority and our governance is doing all it can to “drop it while its hot” levying laws and policies that fuck us (lack of better words/see above for example) my understanding is until the society and its going to take alot of us stands up to repeal what we dont like about our country the extremes of freedom will the disposal of thats right, the free market govt. so if a $ can be attached or attributed to a policy (virtually all of them) it will be passed, but the opportunities that invest in the welfare/progress of society (us) are dead (as in nonexistent). please IRS and other shortend govt affiliates with basic unwarranted access to our emails explain the instances in which national security or quality of life was threatend and defended by email probes/investigation? ard ard just trying to make

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