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Friday, November 18, 2016

TIGTA: IRS Exposed 28 Million Taxpayers To Identity Theft By Sending Unencrypted Email

Washington Times, IRS Exposed Taxpayers’ Info Through Shoddy Emails, Audit Shows:

A surprising number of IRS employees are sending unencrypted emails containing personal taxpayer information to private accounts, putting that information at risk of being stolen, the agency’s inspector general said Thursday.

Auditors found hundreds of unencrypted emails sent that risked leaking taxpayers’ personal information, after running through a random sample of 80 employees’ emails from the IRS’s small business/self employed division for four weeks in 2015. Extrapolated over a year, that could mean more than 1.1 million emails, covering more than 28 million taxpayers’ information, could have been sent by the division.

“These unencrypted e-mails violated IRM requirements and potentially compromised the security of taxpayer information,” Inspector General J. Russell George said.

https://taxprof.typepad.com/taxprof_blog/2016/11/tigta-irs-does-not-adequately-protect-taxpayer-information-in-email.html

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Comments

And all those employees who were found to have violated IRM requirements by sending unencrypted emails with taxpayers' personal information--they've all been disciplined, up to and including dismissal and loss of generous federal pension benefits, right?

Posted by: Jeff H | Nov 18, 2016 6:18:57 AM

Absolutely, Jeff : )

And Koskinen's already serving is sentence for false statements to Congress...

Posted by: MM | Nov 18, 2016 6:52:47 AM

So how many of these employees have been fired? how many of their supervisors have been fired? With command comes responsibility.

Posted by: Joe | Nov 20, 2016 5:26:51 AM