Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Tax Workers Continue to Snoop on Confidential Taxpayer Info

Of the 34 significant privacy breaches reported in 2014 by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) to the privacy commissioner all but two were deliberately committed by the agency’s own employees — and the files indicate no worker was fired or reported to police. Two were major breaches were the deliberate incidents where workers snooped into the files of 169 and 170 taxpayers.

The annual number of breach reports has increased dramatically, to 34 last year from just seven in 2011, even though the agency promised to clean up its act after a critical 2012 audit by the privacy commissioner.

"workers continue to poke into the confidential tax files of friends and foes, despite assurances that the chronic problem of unauthorized access is being fixed."
- CBC News
Privacy lawyer David Fraser says there should be zero tolerance for government workers inappropriately accessing confidential records. Privacy breaches can be detected, even if only done one time, but utilizing identity and activity analytics services.
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Sources:
(a) Tax workers continue to peek at forbidden files: internal reports - www.CBC.ca, 09/30/2015

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