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Old 07-09-2013, 05:08 PM   #1
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The IRS mistakenly posted the Social Security numbers of tens of thousands of Americans on a government website, the agency confirmed Monday night. One estimate put the figure as high as 100,000 names.

The numbers were posted to an IRS database for tax-exempt political groups known as 527s and first discovered by the group Public.Resource.org.

The California-based group said it learned of the "privacy breach" while working on an unrelated audit of an "improperly vetted shipment" of IRS data on DVDs and promptly informed the agency, which shut down the site the next day. The group said the Social Security numbers were largely those of donors, though some were also from people who prepared tax returns to furnish to the IRS.

An IRS spokesman told FoxNews.com on Monday the agency was alerted about a "substantial number" of Social Security numbers posted on the site and removed web access to the information "out of an abundance of caution." The spokesman also said the IRS is now "assessing the situation and exploring available options."

A message on the agency's 527 homepage asks visitors to check back Monday, but the site was still down Monday evening.

Public.Resource.org. founder Carl Malamud told FoxNews.com on Monday night that roughly 100,000 Social Security numbers were exposed.

Malamud said in a statement on the group's website that it hopes the Obama administration will act to restore access to the agency's nonprofit database and resolve its concerns over what it described as a "serious violation of federal law."

"It is time now for the administration to send a tiger team over to the [IRS] to help fix their information management practices," Malamud said.
Ran Paul said it best: Wait until they control our health records!

How can you trust these dolts to run anything at this point?
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Ran Paul said it best: Wait until they control our health records!

How can you trust these dolts to run anything at this point?
I said it many times..it's one thing for someone to think the healthcare system is broken...that's perfectly fine and doesn't say anything about you, other than the fact that you have a brain and can understand and see a problem. However, if you think the government running it is a good idea makes you one hell of an idiot.
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IRS certainly isn't doing itself any favors with this incident
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Ran Paul said it best: Wait until they control our health records!

How can you trust these dolts to run anything at this point?
You can't trust corporations either. There are privacy breaches all the time.
It ain't just the government.

Ever hear of RSA Security, Sony, Verisign, Monster.com?

What about Monfort Hospital and 25,000 patient records? (And that was just from the loss and eventual recovery of a single USB stick.)
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You can't trust corporations either. There are privacy breaches all the time.
It ain't just the government.

Ever hear of RSA Security, Sony, Verisign, Monster.com?

What about Monfort Hospital and 25,000 patient records? (And that was just from the loss and eventual recovery of a single USB stick.)
oh ok, so might as well give it to the government then? lol wut
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You can't trust corporations either. There are privacy breaches all the time.
It ain't just the government.

Ever hear of RSA Security, Sony, Verisign, Monster.com?

What about Monfort Hospital and 25,000 patient records? (And that was just from the loss and eventual recovery of a single USB stick.)
You can sue a private corporation. Good luck with your lawsuit against the IRS.
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You can sue a private corporation. Good luck with your lawsuit against the IRS.
If one can prove that they suffered monetary losses because of the IRS they can be reimbursed + interest by a few different avenues be it filing a claim with the IRS or taking them to court.
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If one can prove that they suffered monetary losses because of the IRS they can be reimbursed + interest by a few different avenues be it filing a claim with the IRS or taking them to court.
Point proven. You have FAR less recourse with the IRS vs a private corporation.


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If one can prove that they suffered monetary losses because of the IRS they can be reimbursed + interest by a few different avenues be it filing a claim with the IRS or taking them to court.
and yet no punitive damages.
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Point proven. You have FAR less recourse with the IRS vs a private corporation.
Corporate America is in bed with Big Government. Open your eyes sheeple.
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I have no problem with removing BOTH corporations and government from the healthcare industry. Bring it back to doctor/patient only. What say you?


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and yet no punitive damages.
Of course not, filing a claim =/= suing. Filing a claim means they make you whole + interest on the amount.

I'm honestly not sure of the track record of people suing the IRS, but I know it happens. There are tons of people suing right now for compensatory+punitive damages.
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Of course not, filing a claim =/= suing. Filing a claim means they make you whole + interest on the amount.

I'm honestly not sure of the track record of people suing the IRS, but I know it happens. There are tons of people suing right now for compensatory+punitive damages.
Personally, I'd rather have a recource other than "fight city hall"
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You can sue a private corporation. Good luck with your lawsuit against the IRS.
You could contact (or vote into office) your representatives who could change those laws.


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oh ok, so might as well give it to the government then? lol wut
Your data is no safer with the govt than with the corporations. (thatz wut) Arguably, the govt is slightly ahead of many corporations, since they are mandated by regulations and standards to follow privacy protection rules. (It doesn't mean bleep-ups occur) but they have as good, if not better systems in place to protect PII than many corporations. And they generally have less desire to sell that information for a profit. (Although there are exceptions, like the USPS.)

I am not saying that the govt should or should not have that information. I am merely pointing out that the security of that PII is no safer with corporations than with the govt.
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