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Access to Information and Protection of Privacy

Handling a privacy breach

What is a privacy breach?

A privacy breachis a collection, use, disclosure, access, disposal, or storage of personal information, whether accidental or deliberate, that is not authorized by the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

A privacy breach is a type of information incident. Information incidents occur when unwanted or unexpected events threaten privacy or information security. They can be accidental or deliberate and include the theft, loss, alteration or destruction of information.

How do I report a privacy breach?

The following is the procedure for reporting a privacy breach:

  • Identify and contain
  • Report
  • Notify
  • Investigate
  • Management Review

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