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Stoddart: Veterans Affairs Mishandled Personal Information

PRIVACY LAW—CANADA

October 8, 2010

Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart has concluded an investigation into Veterans Affairs Canada's handling of vets' personal information and has described the findings as "alarming." The investigation followed a complaint by veteran Sean Bruyea, who discovered that his sensitive records had been shared among government officials. Stoddart confirmed this, saying Bruyea's "sensitive medical and personal information was shared--seemingly with no controls--among departmental officials who had no legitimate need to see it." Stoddart said the department's actions contravened the Privacy Act, the Toronto Star reports. She recommended specific steps for the department to take immediately. The commissioner will also launch an audit of the department.
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