The Australian Taxation Office has taken action against twenty-four of its staff members for inappropriately accessing client files last financial year, with another three recently under investigation.

ATO spokesperson Anne Ellison said the ATO had installed a system to monitor unauthorised access to high-profile taxpayers including celebrities and sportspeople. Out of the twenty four employees caught spying, twelve resigned on the spot, four were sacked, two were fined and six had their salaries cut or were demoted. Only two in the group were ultimately prosecuted for breaches of the Tax Administration Act, with one sentenced to community service and the other receiving a fine.

Source Australian IT August 2006

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