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The IRS under investigation for using cellphone location data without a warrant

October 7, 2020

The IRS, which was no stranger to scandal during the Obama administration, is once again being investigated, this time for using people’s location data without a warrant. The leadership might have changed but that is about all. Here is more:

The body tasked with oversight of the IRS announced in a letter that it will investigate the agency’s use of location data harvested from ordinary apps installed on peoples’ phones, according to a copy of the letter obtained by Motherboard.

The move comes after Senators Ron Wyden and Elizabeth Warren demanded a formal investigation into how the IRS used the location data to track Americans without a warrant.

“We are going to conduct a review of this matter, and we are in the process of contacting the CI [Criminal Investigation] division about this review,” the letter, signed by J. Russell George, the Inspector General, and addressed to the Senators, reads.

In June, officials from the IRS Criminal Investigation unit told Wyden’s office that it had purchased location data from a contractor called Venntel, and that the IRS had tried to use it to identify individual criminal suspects. Venntel obtains location data from innocuous looking apps such as games, weather, or e-commerce apps, and then sells access to the data to government clients.

Americans are all-too willing to grant permissions to all of these apps, and it does not apply to just game apps, without bothering to question why these apps need the information they ask for and this is the danger.

The IRS is a rogue agency, it is not just the victim of a few rogue agents, and I do not think it is surprising that the IRS would illegally get people’s cellphone app location without a warrant. In fact I would be surprised if this is the only government agency involved in such criminal activity.

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  1. nrringlee permalink
    October 7, 2020 8:18 am

    Federal law enforcement agencies of all brands are out of control. The Trump Administration has barely scratched the surface. It will take a long time to get these agencies purged and back under the control of the Constitution and our elected leaders. If you are looking for the sharp edge of the deep state look no further than federal law enforcement.

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    • October 7, 2020 6:58 pm

      I agree 100! The whole system is corrupted and there is no way that it is ever going to be fixed, we only see the tip of the iceberg.

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      • October 9, 2020 1:57 pm

        Proving there really is a ‘Sin Nature’ that corrupts a fallen system.
        LowLives are hired brainstorm new ways to tax & destroy people Lives – devising laws and regulations that steal even more resources away from them to feed the bellies of the 🐍💩 👹👿

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  2. MaddMedic permalink
    October 7, 2020 9:42 am

    Can we line them up and…….Asking for a friend!!

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  3. October 9, 2020 2:03 pm

    33 FreeMason degree Walt Disney had movies that depicted much of the mindset of today. In Pinocchio they trafficked children – luring them to ‘paradise island’ by boat and turning them into ‘slaves’ by the dark creatures! Or Snow White that was Conned by the witch … only Love (Truth) could wake her!

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      • October 9, 2020 6:42 pm

        Thanks for sharing that! I did know he was a Freemason and that Disney movies have hidden meanings if you know what to look for. That was interesting, I’ll have to dig around that site some more.

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      • nrringlee permalink
        October 9, 2020 6:46 pm

        Walt Disney also provided the propaganda necessary to destroy the North American Model of Wildlife Management as well as science based resource management. He set the mode for emotion driven screeds against rational mitigation models. Bambi is a prime case in point.

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  4. October 9, 2020 9:14 pm

    I doubt if there is any agency that hasn’t come under the the hand of the deep state. But this one can be one of the most intrusive.. Blackmail comes easily with this one,

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    • October 10, 2020 7:34 am

      I think this is the agency that scares people the most! If they want to find something they probably will!

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