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Legal Alert - Warrantless Searches of Electronic Communication

06/18/2013

By Dan W. Goldfine and Hadar L. Avraham

Recent news about federal executive agencies obtaining information on private citizens without warrants has many Americans concerned about an erosion of civil liberties. Both the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the National Security Administration (NSA) have been accused of collecting information about Americans without obtaining warrants. In response, last month, the IRS issued a policy statement clarifying that it would no longer read taxpayer emails without first obtaining warrants. An open question, however, is whether the NSA will take similar steps to protect Americans’ privacy rights in light of recent leaks about its practices.

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