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Minister Apologizes for Breach of Veterans' Data

PRIVACY LAW—CANADA

October 26, 2010

Former intelligence officer Sean Bruyea, whose medical information was found to be accessed 400 times by Veterans Affairs bureaucrats without permission, has said Veterans Affairs Minister Jean-Pierre Blackburn's formal apology is not enough, The Globe and Mail reports. The apology, which also acknowledged for the first time that other veterans may have suffered similar privacy invasions, was expressed Monday in a press release but should be delivered in person by Blackburn himself, Bruyea said. "The formal apology is not just for me," Bruyea said, but to "anyone who may have gone through the same situation." Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart has launched an investigation of the breach, which thus far has found systemic problems at Veterans Affairs involving the handling of personal information, the report states.
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