Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner
November 9, 2018

Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner – Report P-2018-006 Released

The Information and Privacy Commissioner, Donovan Molloy, has released his Report P-2018-006 under authority of the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act, 2015. A summary of the Report is included below.

To view the Report in its entirety, go to ATIPPA Privacy Reports at www.oipc.nl.ca/reports/commissioner

Report:P-2018-006
Report Date:November 9, 2018
Public Body:Department of Transportation and Works
Summary: The Department of Transportation and Works relocated a number of paper records to its Grand Falls-Windsor Depot. The records, containing sensitive personal information, were stored in an unsecured area accessible to all employees and members of the public. An employee working at the Grand Falls-Windsor Depot notified the Department that some boxes were unsealed and that personal information, including social insurance numbers, could be viewed by anyone with access to the unsecure area. Despite this notification, nineteen days expired prior to transferring the records to a secure storage area. After an employee informed the Commissioner of the breach, the Department subsequently declined to follow the Commissioner’s recommendation that it notify impacted individuals of the privacy breach. While the Department agreed, after commencement of this investigation, to notify impacted individuals, its response generally constituted a disregard of its responsibilities pursuant to the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act, 2015.

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