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Opinion: VA Breach Reveals Sloppiness

PERSONAL PRIVACY

March 18, 2011

An editorial in the Winnipeg Free Press says the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) mishandling of Canadian Forces veteran Sean Bruyea's medical information and the subsequent investigation "reveals an astonishing degree of sloppiness and ignorance, particularly with regard to senior officials who should have known better." The author describes the VA's explanations for the abuse--which included a lack of emphasis on the importance of data privacy within the department--as "lame and inadequate." VA employees are now being trained on privacy rules, and the author encourages all branches of government to follow its lead. "Fortunately," says the author, "the case was so serious that the privacy commissioner has decided to conduct a more thorough investigation."
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