CRA Privacy Breach Class Action

CRA Privacy Breach Class Action

Rice Harbut Elliott LLP is advancing class action lawsuits against the Canada Revenue Agency (“CRA”) and the Government of Canada (known formally as “Her Majesty the Queen”) on behalf of all persons in Canada whose personal or financial information in their Government of Canada Online Account (CRA account, "My Services Canada" account, or other government accounts) was disclosed to a third party without authorization on or after March 1, 2020.

Overview

Rice Harbut Elliott LLP is advancing class action lawsuits against the Canada Revenue Agency (“CRA”) and the Government of Canada (known formally as “Her Majesty the Queen”) on behalf of all persons in Canada whose personal or financial information in their Government of Canada Online Account (CRA account, “My Services Canada” account, or other government accounts) was disclosed to a third party without authorization on or after March 1, 2020.

The claim alleges that the government of Canada was negligent in safeguarding the confidential information of Canadians that was housed electronically within various online government portals. These inadequate safeguards allowed bad actors to access the online CRA accounts of Canadians absent their consent, view confidential and private details and, in many cases, apply for CERB benefits.

This proceeding has been commenced both in Federal Court and in the BC Supreme Court. Depending on various factors, you may qualify for either action. A copy of the proposed Fourth Amended Statement of Claim in the Federal Court action can be found here. A copy of the Notice of Civil Claim in the BCSC action can be found here.

The Federal Court heard the certification application on May 11-13, 2022 with a decision being reserved. We will provide an update on this website when the decision is released.

If your Government of Canada Online account was breached on or after March 1, 2020, you may be affected by these class action lawsuits. Please fill out the form below to contact us. Joining our contact list creates no financial obligation and we will keep all the information that you provide to us confidential.

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