College fails to properly dispose of documents – Privacy breach at Red River

Garth Hilderman reports:

More than 1,000 pages of campus crime reports, complete with the names, addresses and even photos of some victims, were dumped in a recycling bin at Red River College, a privacy breach the college calls “very serious.”

The college has referred the matter to the provincial Ombdusman office to determine the severity of the privacy violations.

The documents were found shortly after 9 p.m. Nov. 18 in a lidless recycling bin in a first-floor hallway of the downtown campus where the day before students were filming a class project. The documents include hundreds of incident reports written by security staff involving students lingering on campus after closing time, medical emergencies, threats, laptop thefts, assaults and possible stalkings.

More than 100 victims are identified by name in the documents, which date between Sept. 2009 and July 2010. Among those, 38 people had their photo, birthdate, home address and phone number compromised by the improper disposal of the incident reports.

Other information in the documents includes email addresses, citizenship statuses and one instance of gang affiliation.

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