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Privacy Breach at Manitoba Child and Family Services Office

Privacy Breach at Manitoba Child and Family Services Office
Government of Manitoba privacy breach

By: Staff Writer I Winnipeg Tribune

Winnipeg, January 31, 2024 - Public concerns over a recent privacy breach that potentially jeopardizes the personal information of clients of Child and Family Services (CFS). The breach is believed to have resulted from a break-in that occurred at a CFS office in Winnipeg on January 26th at 1:42 a.m.

The precise scale of this privacy breach is still under investigation, but it has been confirmed that confidential information was stored within the office premises. The breach has raised serious concerns about the security of sensitive data entrusted to government agencies and the potential risks faced by vulnerable individuals.

Manitoba Families, in acknowledging its role in safeguarding personal information, has responded to this incident. The matter has been reported to the Winnipeg Police Service (WPS) and the Manitoba Ombudsman, ensuring that the appropriate authorities are taking action to address the situation. Manitoba Families has pledged its full cooperation with the investigation.

Residents are urged to contact the Winnipeg Police Service immediately if they happen upon any discarded documents containing personal information. This collaborative effort between the authorities and the community is crucial in minimizing the potential harm caused by this breach.

Privacy breaches of this nature underscore the importance of robust security measures and continuous vigilance in safeguarding sensitive data. The incident serves as a stark reminder that personal information, once compromised, can have far-reaching and detrimental consequences for individuals and families.

The upcoming investigation and subsequent actions taken by Manitoba Families and the provincial government will be closely watched by the Winnipeg Tribune.

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