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Toronto Star: Misdialed fax number lead to privacy breach

A privacy breach is obviously a dangerous thing, but it becomes very strange when it comes form a fax machine. Is this the way we send secure documents? Article by Richard J. Brennan for the Toronto Star The Liberal government is blaming a misdialed fax machine for a privacy breach affecting hundreds of Ontario Disability Support Program recipients.

“We have taken steps to ensure that this situation will not occur again and have also arranged for additional staff training on managing ministry records and documents,” says a statement from Community and Social Services Minister Helena Jaczek’s office, noting information of 500 disability recipients was on the errant fax.

The privacy breach was raised by NDP MPP Monique Taylor (Hamilton Mountain), who demanded answers after receiving complaints from constituents informed by letter that their personal information on their March payments had been sent in error to a private law firm.

“This is just another example in a pattern of privacy breaches at the Ministry of Community and Social Services. The premier and her minister need to come clean immediately and explain to affected Hamiltonians how this breach happened, and how many people were affected,” Taylor said.

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