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29 Aug 2006

Australian tax office sacks 'spies'

The Australian Taxation Office has taken action against 27 employees for inappropriate access to taxpayers' personal data. Two were prosecuted under the Tax Administration Act. This story, coupled with last week's revelation about a similar issue at Centrelink and news of similar crackdowns at other Australian government bodies, presumably indicates a hardening of attitudes. Employees don't seem to realise that the database systems they access may record all sorts of incriminating evidence in their logs. Presumably the relevant audit functions have been looking closely at the records.
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