November 2020

Travis Thompson comments in “Inquiry Into CI’s Database Use Raises New Data Questions” for Tax Notes Today Federal


-By Nathan J. Richman
October 14, 2020

A letter from two senators asking about the IRS Criminal Investigation division’s subscription to a commercial database including cellphone data provokes even more questions about how emerging technology interacts with the Fourth Amendment.

Senate Finance Committee ranking member Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., asked about CI’s subscription to a database provided by Venntel Inc., but practitioners say consideration of the applicable constitutional right to privacy could implicate even more advanced emerging issues like big data collection, social media, and cryptocurrency blockchains…