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.
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.
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. :)
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?