Privacy leaker keeps gov't job
A justice department employee who leaked private information to the Teamsters union will not lose her job.
Ken Acton, assistant deputy minister with the Ministry of Justice, said an employee in his department gave her union-worker friend personal information after accessing the Crown-owned Saskatchewan Government Insurance's (SGI) database.
Acton suspended the government employee without pay in March when he learned of the breach.
No system is immune from human error, but people should have faith their information is private and secure, said Acton.
"It's difficult to say every system operates perfectly because you've got a number of individuals that work with various pieces of information on a daily basis across government and through organizations," said Acton. "There's always that human component."
Acton said the employee, whose name is not being released, has since returned to work.
"The employee was remorseful," said Acton. "In hindsight she realizes that was not the [right] thing to do."
But the government employee no longer has access to personal data, said Acton.
The breach became known after Saskatoon FedEx employee Tracy Gibson began receiving literature from the Teamsters union.
Gibson told CBC News she thought it was odd when she received a letter at her home from the local Teamsters in Saskatoon since she never spoke with anyone from the union. She wondered how they found her residential address.
The union was attempting to organize the FedEx employees, said Gibson.
Gibson spoke with co-workers who recalled someone writing down licence plate numbers in the company parking lot.
The government employee then used the plate numbers to access the home addresses of FedEx employees in SGI's database.
CBC News has been unable to reach the Teamsters union for comment.