Days after IRS officials said in a sworn statement that former top agency employee Lois G. Lerner’s computer memory had been wiped clean, the agency put out word to contractors Monday that it needs help to destroy at least another 3,200 hard drives.
The Internal Revenue Service solicitation for “media destruction” services reflects an otherwise routine job to protect sensitive taxpayer information, but it was made while the agency’s record destruction practices remain under a sharp congressional spotlight.
Workers for the National Security Agency regularly share private, intimate photos swiped from communications streams, Edward Snowden said.
The ex-agency contractor told The Guardian that many young employees with the spy agency enjoy the “fringe benefit” of passing around the provocative pictures.
“You got young enlisted guys, 18 to 22 years old, they’ve suddenly been thrust into a situation with extraordinary responsibility where they now have access to all of your private records,” he told the news site.
A short time ago while addressing a CEO roundtable and Business Forum in Tanzania, President Barack H. Obama, told reporters and attendees that today’s Tea Party members in the United States very closely fit the U.S. government’s profile for domestic terrorists. The President’s response came after a Tanzania businessman asked if civil unrest in the U.S. is likely to affect doing business with American companies.
On June 25, the US Supreme Court ruled in Riley v. California that police generally must obtain a warrant before searching the digital contents of an arrestee’s cell phone. Thus, merely having taken someone into custody cannot alone serve as justification for the uninhibited examination of his text messages, contact lists, apps, and other sensitive data; all nine justices unanimously affirmed that such searches violate the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution. With good reason, civil liberties advocates hailed the decision as a landmark for privacy in the digital age.
In February, Beth Gatny of the Euharlee, Georgia, police department fatally shot 17-year-old Christopher Roupe after the boy opened the door for the officer. Gatny was at the residence to serve a probation warrant for Roupe's father. Police claimed the 17-year old pointed a gun at the officer but the family insisted he was holding a Nintendo Wii controller. One witness said she saw the cop sobbing into her hands after the shooting.
Earlier this year, a New York judge ruled that US search warrants applied to digital data, even if the data wasn’t stored domestically. The ruling came about after Microsoft was asked to hand over the user information and contested the warrant because the info was stored on servers located in Dublin, Ireland.
In the ongoing battle to protect users’s privacy, Microsoft has made their stance very clear. But so has the government with a brief filed last week.
Hours beforedying in a fiery car crash, award-winning journalist Michael Hastings sent an email to his colleagues, warning that federal authorities were interviewing his friends and that he needed to go