NDP seeks probe of Canada Revenue Agency's text message destruction

By the Canadian Press, 19 january 2015

A New Democrat MP is asking the federal information watchdog to investigate the Canada Revenue Agency's systematic deletion of employee text messages. (...)

The Toronto Star reported last month that the federal revenue agency had destroyed all text message records of its employees and stopped electronically saving such messages. (...)

The revenue agency told the Star it considered the messages transitory information, and had instructed the computer services organization to destroy them and to no longer log its employees' instant messages, including regular texts, BlackBerry messages and PINs.

In his letter today to Legault, Angus says the revenue agency did not verify whether it had a process to determine if any of these records were of business value, in which case they must be preserved.

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