No power to act on pension privacy breaches, commission says
The province’s information and privacy commission says it has no power to act on reported privacy breaches related to the provincial government’s new pension corporation.
In a news release, the Office of the Information and Privacy Commission (OIPC) stated people who are worried should contact the federal privacy commissioner.
“In 2016 the provincial government passed legislation that created the Public Service Pension Plan Corporation and placed it outside of provincial laws that protect the privacy of personal information and provide access to information about the corporation’s operations, including spending and salaries. That corporation was subsequently rebranded as Provident10,” the OIPC stated in a news release.
“In recent weeks we have received several complaints from pension plan members alleging breaches of their privacy by Provident10. One complaint from a plan member involved their personal information being sent to a different person with a different name. That personal information included details that create a significant risk of identity theft.”
Since the OIPC has no jurisdiction, the OIPC said the only answer is for concerned public servants and retirees to contact the federal privacy commissioner.