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Memorial recycling program may have compromised privacy

Old faxes used to make new notebooks could have contained confidential information

A paper recycling project has been suspended at Memorial University in Newfoundland amid concerns that old faxes used to make new notebooks contained personal information.

The university in St. John’s is attempting to contact people whose privacy may have been compromised. The notebooks were made from the blank sides of discarded paper collected at the university.

An investigation has found the paper containing confidential information came from fax machines operated by the Memorial University Students Union.

The province’s privacy commission has been called in.

– The Canadian Press

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