Saskatchewan

'Culture of caution': Digital world concerns Sask. privacy commissioner

Saskatchewan's privacy commissioner says it's time for a culture of caution for government organizations and the public as they navigate the digital world.

Saskatchewan's privacy commissioner outlines 9 areas of concern

Saskatchewan's Information and Privacy Commissioner Ron Kruzeniski laid out recommendations for protecting student privacy, after determining there was a privacy breach at Regina Public Schools, in a December investigation report. (Stefani Langenegger/CBC)

Saskatchewan's privacy commissioner says it's time for a culture of caution for government organizations and the public as they navigate the digital world.

In his annual report, commissioner Ron Kruzeniski outlines nine areas of concern, including how government employees store emails or use smartphones.

Kruzeniski said public employers need to be clear about what staff can do with their smartphones, and that lack of strong policies and enforcement runs the risk of privacy breaches.

He noted that a government worker's phone could have personal or health information about someone, but might let children at home play with the phone.

Kruzeniski said there will be no choice but to spend a lot more money protecting personal information.

Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall was criticized by the Opposition last month for using a private email server to do government business.

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