Privacy breaches worse than originally reported
Recently, I reported that taxpayer privacy was breached at the Canada Revenue Agency. An employee had been fired for the biggest breach of Canadian taxpayer information in history, with 1,302 accounts illegally accessed.
Now, it turns out that a total of eight CRA employees have been fired in the past year alone, all of them for breaching taxpayer data. This means there were more privacy breaches than previously reported.
In an email statement to the Financial Post, the CRA said the following:
“The CRA takes the protection of Canadians’ tax information very seriously. The confidence and trust that individuals and businesses have in the CRA is a cornerstone of Canada’s tax system.”
That’s a laughable statement.
It’s tough for Canadians to have confidence in the system when the CRA has been breaching our data and failing to protect our privacy. We’ve seen how the government reserves the right to demand our information – often under threat of punishment – but when they fail to protect our info the perpetrators just get a slap on the wrist.
The Canadian people haven’t even been told the names of the employees who breached taxpayer privacy, and it seems they haven’t faced any criminal charges.
Serious doubts about the CRA
Canada’s privacy watchdog has been issuing warnings for years about the CRA and privacy problems, yet the problem continues.
It’s another of the many reasons we can’t trust the government.