Personal records of 1,400 residents found in B.C. government employee’s home

Lindsay Kines and Rob Shaw report:

The British Columbia government is investigating a major security breach after police discovered the personal records of 1,400 income-assistance clients in the home of a government employee, the Victoria Times Colonist has learned.

The records covered a period from December 2006 to April 2007 and included names, addresses, birth dates, social insurance numbers, personal health numbers, and monthly income-assistance eligibility amounts. In some cases, the material also contained the names of people who received payments on behalf of a client.


Adding to Waters’ concerns is the fact that the letter warning her of the security breach was itself mishandled. A note accompanying the letter says that, “in the last few days you may have received a copy of this letter addressed to someone else. This was due to a clerical error and we sincerely apologize for this mistake.” The note advises clients to return unopened warning letters to the government, or destroy ones that were “accidentally opened.”

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