Senator Mark Begich is citing concerns about reports that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) was undermining Alaskans’ right to privacy by claiming authority to conduct warrantless searches of Americans’ email.
Begich is joining democratic senator Mark Udall of Colorado in leading a bipartisan group of 13 senators in letter to the IRS asking that they swiftly update their policies and internal rules to bar the agency from obtaining Americans’ private electronic communications without warrants.
The bipartisan partisan group sent letter to Acting IRS Commissioner Steven Miller that the agency will no longer sidestep the Fourth Amendment’s prohibition against unreasonable searches and seizures.
The group said that they remain troubled by press reports, indicating that until today, the IRS claimed the authority to obtain citizens’ private electronic communications, including emails, without a warrant. We believe these actions are a clear violation of the Fourth Amendment’s prohibition against unreasonable searches and seizures. Accordingly, they are urging the IRS to provide further details and a timetable for its plans to update policies to adhere to Americans’ constitutional rights.