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April 9, 2020 - Sharon Young, Analyst

Phishing attacks: in ordinary times and during a pandemic

A combination of workers getting used to working-from-home and the anxiety and fears arising from the outbreak of COVID-19 may be leaving workers and organizations vulnerable to cyber attacks. For example, malicious actors may set up email accounts to impersonate supervisors and coworkers and trick workers into providing information about themselves or the organization. Such... read more

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April 8, 2020 - Danielle Malach, Analyst

Best Practices for the Management of Non-Work Related Personal Emails in Work-Issued Email Accounts: A Guide for Public Bodies

Recently, the Commissioner issued Review Report 007-2019 which dealt with an Applicant’s request to access non-work related personal emails that were stored in their work-issued email account after their employment had ceased. In that review, the Commissioner found that the requested records were not in the possession or under the control of the public body.... read more

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April 3, 2020 - Sharon Young, Analyst

Working from home

As we try to ‘flatten the curve’ of the COVID-19 outbreak, many are working from home. Below are some security tips for those who are working from home: Follow the policies and guidelines set by your IT department. If a Virtual Private Network (VPN) has been set up by your organization, use it. For your... read more

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March 27, 2020 - Ron Kruzeniski, Information and Privacy Commissioner

Balancing Public Interest and Privacy in a Pandemic

As the COVID-19 pandemic becomes more real in our province, the expectation of citizens and in fact, their need for public information grow. The public needs information in order to make decisions on how to best protect themselves and their families. In addition, as the pandemic grows there are more patients and their right to... read more

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