Privacy breach for some Lanark County residents

privacy-breach
Posted on: February 26, 2018

Submitted
editorial@pdgmedia.ca 

On Feb. 23, 2018, it was brought to the attention of Lanark County officials that there was an
active link on the Lanark County website that included personal emails from Lanark County
residents.

Under the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA),
one of the ways a privacy breach can occur is when personal information is shared or released to another party that had no reason to receive the information, or without consent.

Following investigation, Lanark County staff confirm that the 24 emails were in fact mistakenly made available for public viewing for a period of approximately 72 hours.

Upon notification, the link was deactivated and staff is taking corrective actions to ensure this does not occur in the future.

“Accountability, transparency and openness are standards of good government that enhance public trust,”said Lanark County Warden John Fenik (also Perth Mayor). “Lanark County officials have a duty to keep that trust through our actions. We apologize for the frustration and inconvenience this breach may have caused. We (members of Council and Staff) must and will do everything we can to protect the privacy of our residents.”