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 February 11, 2010  Breaches, Non-U.S.

The Canadian Press reports that Bernard LeBlanc, New Brunswick’s justice minister, has resigned as the result of a privacy breach that occurred when he was minister of local government:

The Opposition Conservatives called for the resignation of Bernard LeBlanc after an email was released identifying a complainant in an animal abuse case.

The email, which was sent to a person convicted in the case in 2005, came from LeBlanc’s account and had his name at the bottom of the message.

[…]

Bonny Hoyt-Hallett, deputy minister of local government, says the complainant’s name was accidentally released and she’s working to tighten protocols surrounding correspondence and emails.

She issued a statement, saying that while the email was sent with the minister’s name, he “neither approved nor had any knowledge of the email in question.”

[…]

Tory member Jody Carr says the breach of confidentially has caused a lot of grief for the woman who filed the abuse complaint.

Read more on AM770.

LeBlanc seems to adhere to a “The buck stops here” doctrine. I cannot imagine that any U.S. official would fall on their sword and resign over a breach of this kind when the official was not even directly responsible for the breach.

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