Ca: Fraction of those affected by breach identified

Joel Wittnebel has a follow-up on a breach involving the City of Oshawa:

Despite extensive efforts, only four of the 18 individuals affected by a December 2015 privacy breach in the city’s printing services department have been identified.

On Dec, 1 it was discovered that a series of pre-authorized tax payment (PAP) notices had been double-stuffed into single envelopes prior to being sent to Canada Post for delivery.

The breach was identified when the number of letters delivered to Oshawa residents didn’t match up with the amount set to be sent out. Following this, more than 13,000 letters were sent to all the participants of the PAP program. A faulty piece of machinery in the city’s printing department was singled out as the cause of the breach.

According to the city’s latest report on the matter, “despite an extensive public notice process” all those affected have yet to be identified. As previously stated in The Oshawa Express, unless those affected come forward, city staff are left with finding a needle in a haystack to identify those individuals.

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