Rogue tax workers snooping on Canadians in larger numbers

Workers at the Canada Revenue Agency continue to snoop on the confidential tax files of spouses, parents, friends, neighbours, colleagues, church members and businesses, despite a $10-million project meant to discourage them.

Ten months of internal reports obtained by CBC News show the files of at least 10,000 Canadians were compromised by the agency’s employees, who used their privileged access to government databases to make unauthorized forays into taxpayers’ private financial affairs.

One worker in the CRA’s Calgary office last year kept a detailed spreadsheet on the financial data of 310 people in his community.