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

  • Partial recanvass of Iowa caucus leaves Buttigieg with even tighter lead over Sanders

    World News CBC News
    Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign plans to ask for a partial recount of the Iowa caucus results, after the state Democratic Party released results of its recanvass late Tuesday that show the Vermont senator and Pete Buttigieg in an effective tie. Source
  • New virus cases in China fall for 2nd day, deaths top 2,000

    World News CTV News
    BEIJING -- New virus cases in China continued to fall Wednesday, with 1,749 new infections and 136 new deaths announced after China's leader said disease prevention and control was at "a critical time." Japan also confirmed more infections of the new coronavirus on the Diamond Princess cruise ship, bringing the total to 542 people among the 3,700 crew and passengers initially on board. Source
  • 'Ethnic Fashion Doll' toys recalled due to chemical hazard: Health Canada

    Canada News CTV News
    VANCOUVER -- Plastic toys labelled "Ethnic Fashion Doll" and "Lovely Gal Fashion Doll" are being recalled over a chemical that could pose a hazard to young children. Health Canada said the heads of the dolls may contain unsafe levels of phthalates, a chemical that's sometimes used to soften plastics and increase their flexibility. Source
  • Man who fled Syria shot while delivering pizza in Baltimore

    World News CTV News
    BALTIMORE -- A family friend of a pizza delivery driver who was recently gunned down in Baltimore says he had fled war-torn Syria to seek a better life. The Baltimore Sun reported Tuesday that the killing of Khaled Heeba remains unsolved nearly two weeks after he died. Source
  • U.S. tells remaining cruise passengers to stay out of country for 2 weeks

    World News CTV News
    The U.S. government made good on its warning to Americans who chose to remain on board a quarantined cruise ship in Japan, telling them they cannot return home for at least two weeks after they come ashore. Source
  • Trump goes on clemency blitz: sentences commuted, convicts pardoned

    World News CBC News
    U.S. President Donald Trump has gone on a clemency blitz, commuting what he called a "ridiculous" 14-year prison sentence for former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich and pardoning former New York Police Department commissioner Bernie Kerik, among a long list of others. Source
  • CN Rail laying off about 450 workers after shutting down Eastern Canada network

    Canada News CTV News
    MONTREAL -- CN Rail is laying off about 450 workers in its operations in Eastern Canada after cancelling more than 400 trains in the past week over a rail blockade protesting an LNG pipeline in British Columbia. Source
  • 'It looked like a murder scene': Barrie realtor attacked by dog at house showing

    Canada News CTV News
    BARRIE -- Realtor Carrie Stiles is recovering after she says she was viciously attacked by a dog after a house showing in Barrie. “The whole thing looked like a bloodbath,” she says of the incident. Source
  • Veteran finds blood dripping from bathroom ceiling after neighbour's death

    Canada News CTV News
    WINNIPEG -- WARNING – PHOTOS AND DETAILS IN THIS STORY MAY BE DISTURBING TO SOME READERS A Winnipeg man is without a home after blood started dripping from his ceiling. Adam Hockett was getting ready to go to work Saturday evening when he went to use the bathroom and found the scene. Source
  • U.K.'s fight with Greece over ancient sculptures spills into Brexit tensions

    World News CBC News
    A long-running dispute between Britain and Greece over ancient treasures has spilled into tensions over Brexit after a demand for the return of stolen cultural artifacts was added to the draft of a European Union negotiating mandate. Source