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Commissioner: Info Sharing Breached Law

PRIVACY LAW

February 11, 2011

Information sharing between energy company Powerstream and the city of Vaughan violated the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, Ontario's information and privacy commissioner has ruled. The two entities stopped sharing citizen data after a complaint was lodged last year by a city hall watchdog who was concerned that residents' personal information was being misused, York Region reports. The power company had been sharing the information with the city since 2005. The commissioner's office is satisfied that the information sharing has stopped and therefore did not include recommendations in its seven-page report.
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