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Ring: Privacy Rules Breached

January 8, 2010

Newfoundland and Labrador Information and Privacy Commissioner Ed Ring has concluded an investigation into the alleged disclosure of personal information from municipal records, reports the Western Star. He found that the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act was likely breached when information from the Town of Steady Brook's records was disclosed, but stated in his report that he was not able to identify the individual(s) responsible for the breach, which occurred almost two years ago. Ring recommended the town of Steady Brook increase employee privacy training. "The action which gave rise to these complaints appears to have been intentional and may have been prevented had the individual(s) involved had a better appreciation of privacy under the Act."
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