Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration J. Russel George is examining the U.S. Internal Revenue Service’s use of software that allows warrantless surveillance of mobile phones, The Wall Street Journal reports. Sens. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., requested the investigation, raising concerns the practice violates a 2018 Supreme Court case requiring a warrant for law enforcement to track suspects’ mobile phones. An IRS spokesman said the agency takes citizens’ privacy “very seriously” and “follows all laws and regulations surrounding that privacy.”
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