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Veterans Affairs Minister Responds to Findings

PRIVACY LAW—CANADA

October 12, 2010

The Minister of Veterans Affairs Canada has responded to the federal privacy commissioner's conclusions following an investigation into the department's handling of a veteran's personal information. In a report released last week, Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart described her office's findings as "alarming," stating that the department contravened the Privacy Act in sharing veteran Sean Bruyea's sensitive records, according to a Toronto Star report. The Honourable Jean-Pierre Blackburn said in a statement that he is taking the report "very seriously" and that a senior government expert will assist his department in implementing Stoddart's recommendations. Meanwhile, Bruyea is suing the federal government for $200,000.
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