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Internal IRS Documents Justify Reading Private Emails without a Search Warrant

An internal IRS document explicitly states that emails sent from an individual’s computer do not have reasonable expectations of privacy and lose Fourth Amendment protection allowing IRS investigators to view private emails, messages and other communications without requiring a search warrant. Although some precedent has been set in recent U.S. federal court cases, the IRS’ position on not needing a warrant to obtain emails underscores the need to update legislation regarding the Fourth Amendment and electronic communications.

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