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Ottawa, Feb 14 (Canadian-Media): It was revealed by a 800-page report tabled in the House of Commons that between Jan. 1, 2018 and Dec. 10, 2019 personal information belonging to about 144,000 Canadians have been mishandled by Federal departments or agencies, media reports said.
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The report did not offer any explanation for the errors to breaches involving sensitive personal information and not everyone who was informed about it.
“We consider a single privacy breach to be one too many,” said Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA) spokesperson Etienne Biram. “Two-thirds of the total individuals affected were as a result of three unfortunate but isolated incidents.”
Federal agencies only informed of the breach to persons whose personal information could harm individuals, or ones affecting large number of people.
Changes to the Privacy Act had been pushed by Privacy Commissioner Daniel Therrien to make breach reporting mandatory.
"We don't get to choose as citizens what governments we deal with, and governments are custodians of a significant amount of highly sensitive personal information," said David Fraser a privacy lawyer of McInnes Cooper in Halifax.
Although Privacy Act lacked resources to allow the victims of the breach to file complaints with the commissioner, one expert said that more people are turning to class-action lawsuits for financial satisfaction in these cases.