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Review Finds BC Government's Response to Breach Inadequate

DATA BREACH—CANADA

February 1, 2010

A government review has found the response by British Columbia government officials and supervisors to a privacy breach involving the personal information of 1,400 income-assisted residents was inadequate, the Times Colonist reports. Allan Seckel, deputy minister to the premier, cited "missed opportunities, information dead ends and unconfirmed assumptions which individually may have been minor but cumulatively resulted in an inadequate response to the matter." The breach involved the removal of sensitive data by a Children's Ministry employee with a past history of credit card and counterfeiting charges, and the government's review recommends not only provisions for a central authority to coordinate future incidents involving personal information but also strengthened criminal records review policies for employees.
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