Lanark County informed of privacy breach on website, takes action to rectify situation

February 27, 2018 by

lrg_Local MapOfficials from Lanark County report that they were told on February 23rd, that there was an active link on the Lanark County website which 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.

An investigation confirmed 24 emails were 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.

Warden John Fenik (Perth Mayor) said in a statement, “Accountability, transparency and openness are standards of good government that enhance public trust.  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.”