Ca: Surrey school district accidentally emails out student information

Christopher Poon reports:

The Surrey school district is apologizing to parents and students after the personal information of about 250 students was mistakenly sent out as part of a school’s online newsletter.  

According to district spokesman Doug Strachan, a staff member at a Surrey school was sending out a letter to parents from the superintendent Monday afternoon when they inadvertently attached the wrong document.  

While he was unable to say what the email contained, Strachan did say, “The attachment contained what would be considered private information under the privacy act of about 250 students. It was not financial or medical in nature and beyond that that’s all I can say out of respect for the privacy.”

Strachan was also unable to say which school was affected, but Global BC has reported that it was Clayton Heights Secondary and that the information was related to student marks.  

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What is this nonsense: we had a privacy breach but can’t tell you what types of information was involved out of respect for privacy? Seriously? A mandatory breach notification law might fix that problem.

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