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OIPC: Systemic Failures in Voter Data Processing

DATA LOSS—CANADA

August 1, 2012

An investigation by Ontario Information and Privacy Commissioner Ann Cavoukian has revealed that Elections Ontario demonstrated “systemic failures” when handling voter data. Cavoukian said she was “deeply disturbed” that the agency did not properly train staff, The Globe and Mail reports. Days after misplacing USB keys containing the personal information of 2.4 million voters, staffers still used unencrypted memory sticks, according to the investigation. Cavoukian has recommended the agency appoint a chief privacy officer and develop a privacy training program for staff.
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