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What You Need to Know About IRS Email Snooping

 The American Civil Liberties Union this week sounded an alarm: The IRS can obtain, without a warrant, copies of your emails and other electronic communications, such as texts, from an Internet service provider.

But there's nothing illegal — or new — about it. The 1986 Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) makes it legal for a government agency to obtain copies of your digital communications if they have been stored by a provider for more than 180 days.

A subpoena — not a court order or a warrant — from an attorney saying the information is relevant to an investigation is all that's needed to make a request. No judge is involved.

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Comment by Powell Gammill
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or Faceboot / Twitter surveillance

Comment by Howard Pearlman
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I wonder if operamail, based in Norway or Sweden, would honor those IRS requests?

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