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Tax Employees Viewed Documents

DATA LOSS—CANADA

June 22, 2010

The Toronto Star reports that dozens of employees at Canada's tax agency have accessed taxpayers' personal information inappropriately. In one breach last October, an employee accessed 37,500 e-mails and 776 documents and downloaded them for her personal use with the aid of agency technicians, the report states. Other incidents involved employees accessing the tax documents of ex-spouses, family members and friends. In 2008-2009, there were 29 cases in which employees accessed documents without authorization and 12 cases in which records were disclosed to third parties. "The agency consistently continues to review its activities to enhance prevention, detection and deterrence," said a spokesman.
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