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They assumed my identity - said it's OK: you're "being paid"

The Criminal Code of Canada makes Identity Fraud a Criminal Offence . . . here are the key bits:

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Basically . . . if a person pretends to be another person, or uses their identity information without their consent, to gain almost any advantage, it's probably identity fraud.


Gaining an Advantage: The advantage gained is not limited to an economic or monetary one, but is broadly interpreted to include any better circumstance.

The Government of the Northwest Territories Assumed my Identity for a Period of 11 Months


I left my employment with the Government of the Northwest Territories March 12, 2014.


On December 18, 2014, starting at 9:08 AM, over 9 months after I left my employment, I received an series of emails including an email informing me that a delegation request I submitted in PeopleSoft had been accepted. 


The obvious thing is, I didn't submit a delegation request . . . in fact, at that point I wasn't even an employee, so there shouldn't have been any power to delegate.


 . . . I immediately logged into PeopleSoft and revoked the delegation.


Because this was a 'delegation' and not a 'reassignment', it meant that I would remain responsible for all of the actions of my delegate . . . so . . . no, I was not interested in abilities being delegated in my name.

So, I sent an email saying so:

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I received a reply 4 days later . . . and it is a little convoluted:

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It's confusing, but it seems that the entire scheme revolves around the fact that I was "being paid".


So, "being paid" somehow required having my manager powers "overridden and extended" and then delegated for what appears to be a total of 11 months.

They also extended my former work email and intercepted the email sent to my former work email:

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Note that when this email was received, and the months leading up to it, I wasn't collaborating with anyone at the Autorité des marchés financiers . . . 


. . . and I certainly wasn't using my former GNWT email to do it . . .


. . . and yet, here's this email, thanking me for my collaboration.


As the result of an access to information request, I've learned that the interception of my former work email continued for 11 months.

 

The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, at section 8, protects people against unjustified intrusions on their privacy interests:  


  • Everyone has the right to be secure against unreasonable search or seizure


The Criminal Code of Canada, at section 184, makes the interception of private communications a criminal offence:


  • Every one who [...] wilfully intercepts a private communication is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years

SO, COULD THIS BE IDENTITY FRAUD?


The bit where my management powers were manually overridden and extended and then delegated by someone other than me looks like it probably constitutes identity fraud. 


The part where I actually revoked the delegation and said "do not delegate abilities in my name" might also be important.


The bit where they also extended, and then intercepted, my former work email as part of the scheme also looks questionable. 

 

Gaining an Advantage: They avoided having to 'reassign' my management powers to another person by instead 'delegating' my management powers, and I suggest that they gained an advantage by doing so:


  • a 'reassignment' is within the powers of the Government of the Northwest Territories, but would require that each individual be reassigned.


  • a 'delegation' is only within the power of the individual with the management powers, but if done, would only require a single step.


Basically, a 'reassignment' would require more steps than a 'delegation' - and that's the advantage they gained by choosing a 'delegation' - fewer steps.


So, yeah, in my opinion, this could be identity fraud . . . all the elements are there, but the problem, is . . . who actually did it?


Despite my requests, the Government of the Northwest Territories won't tell me.

SO, WHAT HAPPENED NEXT?


I tried a number of things to get the attention of the Government of the Northwest Territories over the next four years, that were of no consequence, so I went public in late 2018: 


I got a website, put my story on the website, and then sent postcards to the Members of the Legislative Assembly and the local media announcing the website. 


 . . . and . . .


The response of the Government of the Northwest Territories was spectacular! 


They demanded nothing short of the complete censorship of the website! Not just the bits they didn't think should be public . . . they demanded the immediate shut down of the entire website!


If this is what the Members of the Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories believe represents the fair and reasonable administration of government in a free and democratic society . . . 


Then I suggest a change is necessary

Want to know the rest of the story?

How the Government of the Northwest Territories took an alleged information breach and made it into a full-blown violation of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms

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