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Can the IRS read your emails?

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The nation’s tax collector is backpedaling on a controversial policy found in its manual that permits email snooping without first obtaining a warrant. But Acting IRS Commissioner Steven Miller told the Senate he has no knowledge of this ever occurring.

In any event, Miller vowed to revise the policy regarding emails, but made no such promises concerning social media postings on websites like Twitter and Facebook.

In a noteworthy case, the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals determined that “probable cause” is needed before the government can ask email providers to release communications. (U.S. v. Warshak, CA-6, 12/14/10) On the other hand, the laws in this area have yet to catch up with the technology.

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