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Cyber- and IRS privacy policy

Cyberterrorism has taken a front seat in the media recently, jumping to the top of the “Fear Factor” list in the Wall Street Journal on Sunday. Like the popped collar, “cyber-” has returned from the 1980s. The lack of legal precedent, jurisdiction, and evidence has made prosecution difficult. The US Internal Revenue Service makes their terms specific, however. As an example of an explicit and legally binding interaction policy, the following is the text of the electronic tax filing secure website agreement. Does this guarantee global enforcement capability? Should all websites provide this as the de facto standard now?

THIS U.S. GOVERNMENT SYSTEM IS FOR AUTHORIZED USE ONLY!
Use of this system constitutes consent to monitoring, interception, recording, reading,
copying or capturing by authorized personnel of all activities. There is no right to privacy in
this system. Unauthorized use of this system is prohibited and subject to criminal and civil
penalties, including all penalties applicable to willful unauthorized access (UNAX) or
inspection of taxpayer records (under 18 U.S.C. 1030 and 26 U.S.C. 7213A and 26 U.S.C.
7431).