Poor security led to camera breach at Nova Scotia school, report finds
Inadequate passwords and insufficient technical controls led to video surveillance images of Cape Breton schoolchildren being live streamed on the internet, Nova Scotia’s information and privacy commissioner says.
Catherine Tully’s report says the video system at the Rankin School of the Narrows in Iona, N.S., was breached when a link to the live feed from one school camera was picked up and distributed by a Russian website that specializes in linking nonsecured video surveillance cameras.
Tully says an unsecured technical vulnerability enabled viewers to access the school’s other two cameras as well.
The report says the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board changed the passwords on its cameras once it learned of the breach, however Tully found the board still hasn’t implemented adequate technical or administrative controls to reduce the risk of future breaches.
“If video surveillance is used, it must be properly secured,” Tully said in a news release. “When video surveillance images from the Rankin school were streamed on the internet for all to see, this was a violation of Nova Scotia’s privacy laws. Video surveillance images of schoolchildren streaming unsecured to the internet created a risk to student safety.”
Tully began her investigation in May after it was revealed that detailed images of pupils at the