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Ring: Town Violated Privacy Law

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October 19, 2012

Newfoundland and Labrador Privacy Commissioner Ed Ring determined that the Town of La Scie violated the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act when an employee sent two individuals’ personal information to them via the employee’s personal Facebook account, reports The Nor’wester. The town argued against the violation, saying the employee sent the information in a method that did not expose it to anyone but the intended party; however, Ring disagreed, saying, “the town chose to use a less-than-secure means…when another, more-secure means was available.” Ring recommended the town consider privacy training for its employees, including the proper use of social media.
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