Former Tax Collector Breached Files of High Earners
DATA LOSSJuly 30, 2010
A former British Columbia tax collector improperly accessed the files of taxpayers over a four year period, The Vancouver Sun reports. A Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) report obtained by the newspaper reveals that, between 2005 and 2008, the employee engaged in "deliberate and systematic" mining of high-income individuals' tax information in violation of the CRA's employee code of conduct, which states that employees may only access files pertinent to their work. It is one of the largest privacy breaches in the agency's history, according to the VS. The CRA says it will not notify the taxpayers whose data was viewed, as the agency's risk assessment determined that "there was no risk of injury."