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Privacy Concern IRS and you.
In the US emails can be read without probable cause

 12:17 am on Apr 12, 2013 (gmt 0)


There is no more privacy be careful what you email. Read the article and take precautions to protect yourself.



 1:19 am on Apr 12, 2013 (gmt 0)

Last time I looked, the Internal Revenue Service was not the Supreme Court. They can only do it until someone orders them to stop. Or, in the alternative, grants permission for them to continue. It would appear that neither of the two has happened yet.

Hm, so they think there's no "expectation of privacy" with e-mail eh. Interesting. I guess that means they can't complain if someone hacks into your local IRS office's own e-mail.


 1:21 am on Apr 12, 2013 (gmt 0)

have a reasonable expectation of privacy in such communications.

The Supreme Court has ruled in other instances about the "expectation of privacy" and I would not be surprised if they held the standard for emails as the internet is, more or less, public, unlike a phone.

Also, the story is from Fox News and there are known for not being the most reliable.



 6:36 am on Apr 12, 2013 (gmt 0)

No better or worse that the rest of the entertainment news industry and that would include every major news network.

I guess that means they can't complain if someone hacks into your local IRS office's own e-mail.

I would assume that they are just requesting this information, certainly most companies would want to protect the privacy of their customers and would have no problem refusing a request from the IRS.



 10:44 am on Apr 12, 2013 (gmt 0)

Ok so Fox is bias what news agency isn't but for the record and to help some understand.


Said it was shelved but you can see were it is going and or will go. Just a matter of time when someone does something that brings it back up.

Maybe it will shed some light on the way or direction it is going to help you better understand what you put in emails isn't just for the one it was sent to.


 4:22 pm on Apr 12, 2013 (gmt 0)

I certainly would never consider anything sent in e-mail as being private. Too many places along the way can store a copy that might never be deleted and that you have no control over. A copy of the message may be on:
- sender's computer
- sender's old computer after buying a new computer
- recipient's computer
- recipient's e-mail server
- recipient's old computer after buying a new computer
- recipient's old e-mail server after buying a new server

And if the recipient forwards the message (intentionally or accidentally), there's more copies of the message in the wild.

For any of those computers, if they are stolen, hacked, or retired, the message could be retrieved by someone. Even if the message is "deleted" from those computers, in most cases it could still be retrieved.

Do you trust that every single computer listed above is administered by completely responsible people who can guarantee the computer will never be hacked/stolen and that the drives will be thoroughly wiped upon retirement of the machine? If so, then go ahead and put whatever you want in e-mail. :)


 11:54 pm on Apr 12, 2013 (gmt 0)

Well said Lifeinasia but have you seen some of the emails between head of companies that the were latter used as evidence in the court. Many people do not think the same way as you do and go ahead and put just about anything in one. You would think it was common knowledge but we see it all them time.

PS you do your taxes online? Get bank statements online? CC statements online. Pay cc statements online, have a merchant account or ecommerce business, have an adsene account? All these are emailed now ever thought about that?

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