Enhance IRS Security After Taxpayer Data Hacked


Target: President Barack Obama

Goal: Implement more thorough security measures on IRS taxpayer information.

More than 100,000 Americans’ identifying information was stolen from the IRS by computer hackers. The servers that this important data is stored on clearly need more effective security measures to protect taxpayer information. Demand that the IRS data security be immediately enhanced.

The IRS recently confessed that the personal identifying information of between 100,000 and 200,000 American taxpayers was stolen over a period of months earlier this year. The information—including such crucial things as people’s dates of birth, home and business addresses, and social security numbers—is now in the hands of unknowns, and is likely to be sold and used for illicit purposes like identity theft.

Americans have a reasonable expectation that the government, when given personal information by citizens doing their tax duties, will do its utmost to keep that information safe. Clearly, that expectation is not being met. When some band of unidentified hackers are able to access the information the federal government is storing and ostensibly protecting, we know current standards of security are not sufficient.

American taxpayers should never have to worry that the personal information that they have no choice but to turn over to the federal government will be compromised. Sign the petition below to demand that the computer network security the IRS uses be updated at once so that Americans’ personal information can never again be stolen from the government.


Dear President Obama,

I am writing you today regarding the recent data hack at the IRS. Thanks to poor network security, more than 100,000 American taxpayers’ information is out in the ether and vulnerable to being taken advantage of. This never should have happened.

Americans have no choice but to pay their taxes. The information they have to disclose to the government to fulfill that duty should, as a result, be given every conceivable protection from the government in order to ensure that it remain secure and “behind lock and key.”

The recent hacking demonstrates without a doubt that those protections are not being given. This is reckless and puts every American’s private information at risk of being stolen and used for illicit purposes. It also calls into question the government’s ability to protect other important information it is obliged to keep secure—things regarding foreign policy, national security, intelligence, etc.

Taxpayers should not have to be afraid that their birthdates, home addresses, and social security numbers are open for the taking from the institution that should be best equipped to protect them. I demand that you immediately update the IRS network’s security so that such a hacking event can never happen again.


[Your Name Here]

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