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Facebook could be in trouble with the US Internal Revenue Service. The Justice Department filed a lawsuit on Wednesday, hoping compel Facebook to turn over information regarding any transfer of global assets to an Irish-based holding company on its 2010 tax return. The IRS is investigating whether Facebook undervalued transfer assets by billions of dollars, according to Law.com.

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You might never know if police or FBI agents are reading your emails or files stored in the cloud, because the US DOJ frequently issues indefinite gag orders that block companies from telling you. Microsoft argues that this secrecy is unconstitutional — and now it's suing the US government to stop it.

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The US Department of Justice just responded to Apple in the ongoing court battle over what Apple must do to help the FBI unlock an iPhone — and the response is a 43-page document with an argument that can be summarised as "Apple is being a baby".

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Apple is still fighting with the US government over whether it should create a special software to help the DOJ unlock an iPhone connected to the suspect in the San Bernardino shooting. But government officials and Apple execs agree about one key point: It's not about one phone. This is about the future of security.

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The FBI is known to have flown unmanned aerial vehicles since at least 2005 and, like any other federal agency, it's supposed to conduct a privacy impact assessment prior to such activity. But, according to Muckrock, the Bureau can't track them down, and nor can the Justice Department office that's supposed to collate them.

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An overlooked US Justice Department court filing explains that a federal agent had the right to commandeer a woman's identity, set up a fake Facebook account using her details and even post provocative photographs of her found on a seized phone. Buzzfeed reports that a Drug Enforcement Administration agent stole the identity of Sondra Arquiett, who then went by the name Sondra Prince, back in 2010.