Internal reports at the Canada Revenue Agency show that rogue employees are improperly reviewing the private financial affairs of taxpayers without their knowledge.
And some are using agency computers to give favoured treatment to colleagues, friends, family ó and themselves.
In one egregious breach last October, a woman accessed 37,500 emails and 776 documents containing confidential financial information about ordinary Canadians. She downloaded the files onto 17 compact discs for her personal use, inexplicably helped by agency technicians.
Documents outlining the forbidden invasions into private tax data were obtained by The Canadian Press under the Access to Information Act.
In one case, a worker secretly operated a business on the side with her spouse, and between 2004 and 2009 "accessed the accounts of two creditors and the spouse of one Ö
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I guess they screen the workers well before they hire them!!!! Not much privacy left is there?