BY NEIL WINDSOR, P.ENG.
Executive Director and Registrar
Recently APEGGA became aware of a privacy breach involving
certain member information that is considered confidential.
This was viewed as a serious matter meriting careful review
to determine why this could occur and what action must be
taken to ensure that it could not reoccur.
An independent panel was created, comprised of a public
member of Council and two professional members who are not
members of Council. A thorough and impartial review of all
matters surrounding the incident was carried out. The panel
concluded that there was no significant harm done but did
make recommendations for corrective action.
provincial privacy legislation, and clear internal policies
that should have prevented such an instance from happening.
Unfortunately, there was a weakness and information concerning
a small number of members was released.
The panel concluded that there was no intent to misuse the
information, nevertheless certain information was used in
an improper manner. In response to the report, appropriate
corrective action has been taken to strengthen the policies
and internal procedures and preclude this from happening in
Although the information concerned a small number of members,
APEGGA sincerely regrets this unfortunate incident and apologizes
to any members who may have had concerns over the use of this
information. As is appropriate, the provincial privacy officer
has been informed of the matter.
website at www.apegga.org/policy/overview.htm.