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How IRS Bought Mobile Data Raises Concern Over Agencies’ Use

Feb. 23, 2021, 8:42 PM

A Treasury Department watchdog’s review of legal concerns with Internal Revenue Service use of mobile phone location data sold by marketers casts doubt on other government agencies’ use of such data without a warrant.

In a letter made public Monday, the Treasury inspector general for tax administration questioned if the IRS needs a warrant to use data from broker Venntel Inc., which gathers location information from the marketing industry.

Venntel’s data was meant to help with IRS investigations, though the agency didn’t find it useful and stopped using it. Other government agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security, have faced...

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