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Prison Staff Wins Breach Case

PRIVACY LAW

July 16, 2010

A group of Ontario prison guards has won a class action lawsuit against the Canadian government for what they describe as an "egregious lack of concern" for safeguarding employees' personal information, reports the Toronto Sun. The suit stems from an August 2003 incident involving a list of up to 400 Joyceville Institution staff names, home phone numbers, addresses and names of spouses, which was left in an unlocked cabinet in an unsecured hallway and then circulated through the prison. As a result of the court decision, employees on the list and their spouses will receive financial compensation, and the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) will be required to increase safeguards protecting employee privacy and security. The case will go before a Kingston court for formal approval on August 23.
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