Breach of veteran’s privacy “was alarming”

Privacy commissioner slams government for sharing sensitive information about Sean Bruyea

Canada’s privacy watchdog, Jennifer Stoddart, has slammed government officials for sharing personal and sensitive information about Sean Bruyea. “What we found in this case was alarming,” Stoddart said. Bruyea has been a vocal critic of the way the government handles veterans’ issues for several years. A veteran himself, Bruyea eventually found out 850 Veterans Affairs employees had accessed his medical and financial records, and that the information found its way into briefing notes provided to high-level bureaucrats and cabinet ministers. Bruyea says he’ll be seeking damages from the federal government, and has asked for Prime Minister Stephen Harper as well as past Veteran’s Affairs ministers to apologize.

Toronto Star

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