"It draws a distinction between email that is stored on an email provider's server for 180 days or less, and email that is older or has been opened. The former requires a warrant; the latter does not. Luckily, the Fourth Amendment still protects against unreasonable searches by the government."
Enacted in 1986, the Act doesn't account for where many people now store email: in the cloud. Similarly, the agency seems to claim that people have "no privacy expectation" for email stored on a server.
Although the IRS denies doing so, the agency may search social media sites for posts that may contradict some of the claims made on tax returns.
- If the IRS did search and read your emails, what would it find?
- Does this news make you more cautious about what you might send over email? How so?