Congress wants to know what the Internal Revenue Service has been doing with the medical records of millions of Americans from a California health care provider's Corporate headquarters in 2011.
A June, 2013 letter to acting IRS commissioner Danny Werfel by the House Energy and Commerce Committee requested information on how the agency is "preserving and treating these records" as well as stating:
"The warrant authorizing that search [of March 11, 2011] was apparently limited to the financial records of a former employee of the company and in no way authorized the sweeping confiscation of the personal medical records of millions of Americans who had no connection to the initial IRS investigation."
Theft of private information by government agents with the potential to harm millions of Americans across the country, including Judges of the Superior Court, has been charged in a class action lawsuit filed in the Superior Court of California in San Diego (See document link at Scribd or over at docsimagcorp.).
A statement from the congressional committee is found on their official website:
"As the IRS is tasked with implementing much of the president’s health care law, committee leaders are concerned about what restrictions and safeguards are in place to ensure that Americans’ medical information remains protected."
It does not appear that Danny Werfel ever responded back to the Committee letter by the June 21, 2013 deadline, and a Foxbusiness story states an attempt to call the IRS for comment was never returned.
Per the article, IRS agents “seized personal mobile phones” at the California health provider's company, as well as "computer servers, and that the IRS ordered the company’s information technology workers “to transfer several servers of the medical records and patient records to the IRS for search and seizure, otherwise they would ‘rip’ the servers out of the building entirely.”
Information which the IRS agents allegedly seized, according to the lawsuit, included records for at least “one million” residents of California. These were stated to be medical information on “prominent celebrities, sports personalities,” and CEOs, and potentially “the intimate medical records of every state judge in California, every state court employee in California, leading and politically controversial members of the Screen Actors Guild and the Directors Guild, and prominent citizens in the world of entertainment, business and government.”
Note: This is an update to a report first reported by Rebekah Kern at Courthouse News Service on March 14, 2011.