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Canada Revenue Agency disciplines 85 workers a year for misusing their Internet connections

About 85 employees at the Canada Revenue Agency are disciplined every year for making inappropriate use of their Internet connections. In some cases, the offense amounted to simply overusing it. One employee “browsed the Internet an average of three hours and 32 minutes per day” according to documents obtained by Canadian Press; another’s surfing habits consumed nearly 90 minutes of his or her workday. Internal documents from Canada’s tax collection agency also show employees wiling away the work day setting up sports pools, sending chain letters, promoting “illegal substances,” sharing offensive cartoons and running pyramid schemes. A CRA spokesperson says the agency doesn’t believe the problem is any more widespread there than it is elsewhere, “nor would the agency consider the problem as chronic.”

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