No power to act on pen­sion pri­vacy breaches, com­mis­sion says

The Aurora (Labrador City) - - EDITORIAL -

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.

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