Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

IRS Won't Use Cellphone Tracking without Warrant

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

IRS Won't Use Cellphone Tracking without Warrant

Article excerpt

WASHINGTON - Internal Revenue Service criminal investigators will not continue to use cellphone-tracking technology without first seeking a warrant, the IRS commissioner told Congress in a letter made public Tuesday. Commissioner John Koskinen said his agency is drafting a policy to abide by the Justice Department's guidance on using the technology, which simulates cellphone towers to trick nearby phones into revealing their locations. The guidance requires a warrant - which requires probable cause and a judge's signature - except in emergencies or exceptional circumstances.

Koskinen disclosed the new policy in a letter sent Nov. 25 letter to Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore.

The IRS said it has used its one cell-site simulator to track 37 cellular devices as part of 11 federal investigations since 2011. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.