CRA unsure what taxpayer info it shared with CSIS

OTTAWA - The federal revenue agency says it doesn't know what sort of taxpayer information a rogue employee improperly shared with the Canadian Security Intelligence Service because CSIS has wiped the files from its database.

See Full Article

The Canada Revenue Agency told The Canadian Press that the employee who handed over the sensitive data - doing so even though CSIS lacked a judicial warrant - is no longer with the department.

The agency refused to disclose whether the person was fired or left voluntarily, citing privacy reasons.

And it is not clear if the taxpayers whose information was compromised were ever notified of the improper sharing.

The Security Intelligence Review Committee, the watchdog that keeps an eye on CSIS, revealed last week in its annual report that the spy and revenue agencies repeatedly breached the rules.

Questions were first raised by the Federal Court, prompting CSIS to ask the review committee to look into the matter.

After concerns emerged, there were assurances the sensitive revenue agency information had been purged from a CSIS database when, in fact, it was still there, the review committee's report says.

CSIS spokeswoman Tahera Mufti says the information is now "deleted from CSIS databases."

"It should be noted that none of the information received from the CRA was shared beyond CSIS," she added.

As a result, revenue agency spokesman Philippe Brideau said, it is unclear what was passed to the spy agency in the first place. "The CRA is unable to determine the details of the information that was shared with CSIS as it was removed permanently and in its entirety from CSIS systems."

Brideau suggested the deletion also made it impossible to notify taxpayers.

Mufti declined to say whether CSIS had done so. She also would not reveal what sort of information the spy service got from the revenue agency.

The review committee report said CSIS management issued a "stern reminder" to employees of the need for a warrant to collect taxpayer data, but the committee concluded that may not be sufficient.

Mufti said while she could not confirm or deny any "internal disciplinary measures that might have been taken," CSIS maintains "robust policies and procedures, clearly defining our roles and responsibilities."

"We continue to actively educate and train our staff on the latest updates on our policies."

The federal privacy commissioner is looking into the improper sharing.

"What we can tell you at this time is that we were aware of this issue and we have been examining it," said spokeswoman Valerie Lawton, who was not in a position to provide more details.



Advertisements

Latest Canada & World News

  • Lightning sparks fires across southeastern B.C.

    Canada News CTV News
    CASTLEGAR, B.C. -- Lightning storms across southeastern British Columbia have sparked numerous wildfires. BC Wildfire Service personnel are at two separate fires burning just a few kilometres on either side of the village of Nakusp. Source
  • Scientists may have discovered a mysterious Mars-sized planet

    World News Toronto Sun
    A mysterious celestial body may be lurking in the frozen, far-flung reaches of the solar system, scientists say. This is not the proposed "Planet Nine," a ginormous body that Caltech scientists believe could be tugging at the orbits of the solar system's most distant inhabitants. Source
  • 3 Chicago police officers indicted in Laquan McDonald case

    World News CTV News
    CHICAGO -- Three Chicago police officers were indicted Tuesday on felony charges that they conspired to cover up the actions of a white police officer who shot and killed 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, saying the officers lied when they alleged the teenager "aggressively" swung a knife at officers and attempted to get up from the ground still armed with the knife after he was shot. Source
  • U.S. woman jailed for giving woman in labour heroin

    World News CTV News
    FILE - This booking photo released Wednesday, March 8, 2017, by the Concord, N.H., Police Department shows Felicia Farruggia, arrested about six months after she had demanded to be injected with heroin and methamphetamine while in labor with her son in September 2016. Source
  • New cyberattack causes mass disruption in Europe, slowly moves into U.S. [Video]

    World News Toronto Sun
    PARIS — A new and highly virulent outbreak of malicious data-scrambling software appears to be causing mass disruption across Europe, hitting Ukraine especially hard. Company and government officials reported serious intrusions at the Ukrainian power grid, banks and government offices, where one senior official posted a photo of a darkened computer screen and the words, “the whole network is down. Source
  • Ontario spending $85M to clean up mercury in First Nations

    Canada News CTV News
    TORONTO - Ontario is spending an additional $85 million to clean up a mercury-contaminated river that has plagued two First Nation communities for half a century. Environment Minister Glen Murray says the funds for the remediation of the English-Wabigoon River system in northwestern Ontario will be used to design and implement the cleanup, and for long-term monitoring. Source
  • 'Did he find it in a Cracker Jack (box), or what?'; Trudeau blasted for suggesting Harper left him with $18B deficit

    Canada News Toronto Sun
    OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau insisted Tuesday that his Liberal government has been keeping its promise to be fiscally responsible and blamed the previous Conservative administration for being at least partly responsible for higher-than-expected deficits. But at least one Tory MP says the PM's math is "all wrong. Source
  • Manhunt in Manitoba for man who fled traffic stop, believed to have gun

    Canada News CTV News
    PORTAGE LA PRAIRIE, Man. -- Police in central Manitoba are on the lookout for a suspect who fled a traffic stop and they believe may be armed with a rifle. Schools in Portage la Prairie have been locked down and residents have been told to stay indoors while officers hunt for the person. Source
  • Dad collapses after border-guard daughter gets 11 years for letting 182 kg of cocaine into country

    Canada News Toronto Sun
    MONTREAL — Border guard Stefanie McClelland has received an 11-year sentence for letting 182 kilograms of cocaine across the Champlain—St-Bernard-de-Lacolle border. The father of the 40-year-old Canada Border Services Agency officer collapsed in the courtroom at the St-Jean-sur-Richelieu courthouse after Superior Court Justice Andre Vincent read his decision on Tuesday. Source
  • GOP delays vote on Senate version of health-care bill [Video]

    World News Toronto Sun
    WASHINGTON — In a bruising setback, U.S. Senate Republican leaders shelved a vote on their prized health-care bill Tuesday until at least next month, forced to retreat by a GOP rebellion that left them lacking enough votes to even begin debate. Source