Privacy commissioner closes door on Corner Brook privacy breach

Mistakes happen, and not every incident should result in a regulator investigation or smackdown. Cory Hurly provides a useful example of that:

Given there was no complaint from anybody potentially impacted by an inadvertent release of documents on the City of Corner Brook’s website, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner has all but closed the file.

Sean Murray, director of special projects, said the office is satisfied with the way the city handled and responded to the breach, and that no highly sensitive information was exposed or viewed.

On April 18, more than 130 documents — some confidential, such as an employment contract — were made public on the municipal website. The city has said they were available for about half an hour when it was discovered and locked down. As protocol, the city reported the incident to the Officer of the Privacy Commissioner.

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