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Federal Privacy Commissioner Upholds FMTA Complaint

Canada's Federal Privacy Commissioner recently ruled that a database of tenant information made available by a Landlord Legal Group constituted a violation of hundreds of tenant's privacy.

In the ruling the Commissioner found that:

"The Privacy Office confirmed that the database in question contained personal information on Hundreds of tenants across Ontario.

The database was not password protected and none of the case files were encrypted. Many contained sensitive personal information on tenants and their families, including financial and health information.

The database should have used robust security to protect the sensitive personal information in the database."

The Landlord Source Center AKA Landlord Chamber of Commerce, the organization found to have breached tenant's privacy, was found to have failed to meet it's obligations under privacy legislation. I was also found to have refused to provide information to the Privacy Commissioner.

The Ruling is attached below.

April 27, 2010

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