Mark Feldstein and Associates Notifies Canadian Taxpayers: Lax Security Lead to Privacy Breaches at Canada Revenue Agency

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Business Review assesses validity of CRA privacy breach claims and releases local accounting firm’s advisory to Canadians that privacy watchdog calls on federal agencies to better handle your personal information.

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For the second year running, all-time highs were set in regards to privacy complaints, and Canadians deserve to know that their privacy is being breached,

Business Review and Mark Feldstein and Associates today advise Canadian taxpayers that the Privacy watchdog says weak security practices at Canada’s federal tax office have led to thousands of inappropriately assessed files being processed for years within the CRA without detection. To ensure the CRA protects sensitive information, Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart has made more than a dozen recommendations—including better monitoring of employee access rights.

From April 2012 to the end of March, Stoddart received 2,273 complaints from the public regarding both privacy complaints about federal organizations as well as data breaches reported by departments and agencies. “For the second year running, all-time highs were set in regards to privacy complaints, and Canadians deserve to know that their privacy is being breached,” says Mark Feldstein of Mark Feldstein and Associates. “Taxpayers deserve to have their personal information protected, especially when it is sensitive and provided to the government under a legal compulsion. We want the public to know that the government is taking the right steps to maintain privacy and security of your personal information.” Most of the complaint increases stemmed from two highly publicized breaches within Employment and Social Development Canada and the Justice Department.

Stoddart also expressed concerns relating to the Canadian and U.S. perimeter security pact that keeps information for 75 years once it’s collected by border officials under a new entry-exit system that will track the movements of travellers. The Privacy Commissioner’s office has partnered with provincial and territorial offices to make sure the standards and values behind Canadian privacy laws are enforced. For more information on tax related news or if you require the services of a chartered accountant, contact Mark Feldstein and Associates today.

Mark Feldstein & Associates, Chartered Accountants, provide a wide range of professional services to businesses and individuals. To ensure clients receive the best advice in each area, Mark Feldstein & Associates hire only seasoned specialists who, in turn, devote a good portion of their time to upgrading their skills through in-depth professional development. Mark Feldstein has been practicing public accounting and specializing in voluntary disclosure since 1982. He has experience in a wide variety of industries, including retail, manufacturing, importing and exporting, wholesale distribution, technology, restaurants, law firms, engineering firms, architecture firms, education, IT consultants, wealth preservation planning, forensic investigations, internet service providers and construction.

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