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Privacy watchdog investigating sunshine list breaches  

Donovan Molloy
Donovan Molloy

The province’s information and privacy watchdog has started an investigation into alleged privacy breaches associated with the sunshine list published last week.  

In a news release, Donovan Molloy said that information released appears to have included personal information of employees not covered by the sunshine list legislation, personal information of employees granted an exception from disclosure and personal information beyond what was authorized to be published.

The sunshine list, formally known as the Public Sector Compensation Transparency Act, mandates that the government must publish the names and pay of all government employees who earn more than $100,000.

This was the first year that the list was published on the government’s website, and within hours of the information being posted, CBC reporter Peter Cowan observed that front-line RNC officers who were supposed to be exempt had their names publicly disclosed.

The published information also included employee ID numbers, which should not have been published, Cowan reported on Twitter.

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