Report says CRA Destroyed Staffers’ Texts

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CBJ – According to a report by The Toronto Star, the Canada Revenue Agency has destroyed all text message records of its employees and has disabled logging of such messages in the future.

Emails, released through access to information legislation, reveal that Shared Services Canada, the federal organization responsible for information technology services, destroyed the records in the middle of a business day in August.

“Your request has been actioned,” wrote an official from Shared Services Canada in an email on Aug 27. “BBM and SMS are no longer logged and previous logs have been deleted.”

“Excellent,” replied a deputy assistant commissioner at the CRA the next day. “Thanks so much for your prompt action!”

The Canada Revenue Agency has confirmed to the Star that it instructed the organization to destroy those records and also no longer log the instant messages, including PINs, BBMs and regular texts, going forward.


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