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    Posted June 22, 2014 by

    IRS Violates Federal Privacy Act

    In a recent document I received from the IRS they included the name and SSN of another, completely unrelated, person in the taxpayer name and identification/SSN fields. I now have this persons name and SSN. I can only presume that they have also provided my name and SSN to this other person, as well as who knows how many other people.

    I called the IRS, the first person I talked to got very excited and told me they would call me back in an hour. They called me back and lied to me - telling me the person had put the wrong letter in the envelope and I should mail all the originals back immediately. This was clearly a lie and an attempt to sweep the incident under the rug. They do not stuff their own envelopes and it was not a separate letter, the names were combined in the fields, concatenated. This is a software issue/bug, I'm in the high tech business, I know a bug when I see one.

    I called back and spoke to another person, they said they had the same issue a year ago - the software mixing up names and SSNs on forms, but thought they had fixed it, apparently not. As I suspected.

    The IRS is providing the most personal information of private citizens without their knowledge or consent, this is a violation of the Federal Privacy Act. They are facilitating identity theft, the very thing they spend pages and pages on their web site talking about preventing. They are in violatation of their own internal policies.
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