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Friday, February 22, 2013

Watching Porn, Violating Privacy : A New Job Description At The Canadian Revenue Agency


Revenue Canada employees browsed porn, delved into personal files, according to records

OTTAWA — Dozens of Canada 
Revenue Agency employees 
are sanctioned every year for 
browsing porn sites, consulting 
colleagues' and relatives' tax files 
or transmitting confidential 
information.
QMI Agency uncovered the details in documents obtained 
though access to information.
Over five years beginning in 2006, 927 misconduct cases 
were logged in CRA offices across the country. That works 
out to nearly 200 cases per year.
Most cases involve misuse of government property or access 
to confidential taxpayer information.
The 2006-2007 fiscal year was particularly noteworthy for 
abuse. Documents revealed 136 cases in which bureaucrats 
used CRA offices for non-government business.
There were 34 cases in which staff looked at confidential tax 
records.
Others had failed to report sources of income, were drunk on 
the job or solicited clients to help their personal companies, 
according to the records.
One tax worker had downloaded hundreds of sexy photos 
and had surfed porn websites for more than two hours.
Five people were fired and 113 suspended.
Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart said she is currently 
investigating.
In her annual report, Stoddart noted a "potential risk" that 
privacy violations can affect "thousands of Canadians."
The Canada Revenue Agency said it was taking "very 
seriously the protection of the Canadian tax system," adding 
that offenders were punished if complaints against them 
were found to be legitimate.
"Incidents involving one employee or a small group of employees do not cast doubt on the honesty and professionalism of thousands of employees," CRA 
spokesman Philippe Brideau said in an e-mail.

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