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Canada Dashboard Digest | CRA monitoring social media network for possible tax cheats Related reading: The latest COVID-19 privacy developments from the Asia-Pacific region

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The Canada Revenue Agency revealed it has been monitoring Facebook, Twitter, and other social media networks in order to investigate citizens it believes could be cheating on their taxes, CBC News reports. The surveillance is an example of the CRA’s increasing focus on what it can learn from collecting large amounts of data. "The CRA does practice risk-based compliance, so for taxpayers identified as high risk, any relevant, publicly available information relating to the specific risk-based factors for the taxpayer may be consulted as part of our fact-gathering processes," said CRA spokesman David Walters. Privacy advocates are critical of government agencies monitoring social media networks. "When Canadians post something on Facebook, they believe that they are sharing that with their friends and with their family. They don't believe that they are sharing that with some government bureaucrat in Ottawa," said Open Media’s David Christopher.
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