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VA Report Revives Potential Privacy Violations

PERSONAL PRIVACY—CANADA

May 29, 2012

The Canadian Press reports that an outside investigation initiated by the Department of Veterans Affairs has revived concerns that veteran Sean Bruyea's privacy was violated. The outside report, headed by a former senior official, found no "malice" or "fault" in VA officials' actions. In a letter to the privacy commissioner, Bruyea said he was not asked for his consent. "In authorizing this investigation and releasing unprecedented large amounts of my personal information" to the investigators, "it is apparent that senior officials grossly and flagrantly broke privacy laws in order to solicit a report which would justify their breaking of those same laws in the first place," Bruyea wrote.
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