US authorities said Monday a breach of taxpayer records was more extensive than originally estimated, and that some 300,000 accounts appear now to have been affected.

The Internal Revenue Service said it identified some 220,000 taxpayers whose tax records could have been stolen through its online "get transcript" system, which was shut down after news of the breach.

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May 3, 2010 Ahead of the expected release Tuesday of a House privacy bill, a group of public interest and privacy groups wrote House members Monday calling on them to support the inclusion of principles aimed at giving consumers more control over their personal information.

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