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Right to Know Coalition calls scathing privacy breach report a wake-up call

Right to Know Coalition president Michael Karanicolas says privacy laws in Nova Scotia are grossly outdated
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HALIFAX - A scathing report concerning a wide-spread internet privacy breach should serve as a wake-up call, according to the Right to Know Coalition.

Earlier this week, the privacy commissioner and auditor general released details surrounding Nova Scotia's freedom-of-information website.

Right to Know Coalition president Michael Karanicolas told NEWS 95.7, privacy laws in Nova Scotia are grossly outdated.

"We have 25 year old laws that date from just a couple years after the commercial internet was established and have not been updated since then," he said. "We need a 21st century approach to the problem."

Karanicolas says the scope of the breach went even deeper than expected, and included sensitive personal information including medical records.

He says a lack of government oversight during the initial design and roll-out was also a contributing factor to the breach.


 




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