Canada Post admits privacy breach involving 4500 Ontario cannabis buyers

Galtero Lara
Noviembre 8, 2018

The Ontario Cannabis Store says a data breach through Canada Post has affected information from 4,500 customers.

According to Canada Post, an OCS customer accessed the information through the Canada Post website.

In a privacy update on its website, the OCS said the breach late on November 1 affected about two per cent of its customer orders, and information was accessed by a person using a Canada Post delivery tracking tool.

However, the Ontario Cannabis Store says the information includes postal codes, dates of delivery of cannabis and who signed for the package.

"We have also shared with OCS that we are confident that the customer who accessed the information only shared it with Canada Post and deleted it without distributing further", the statement says.

OCS corporate names and business addresses.

The Federal Privacy Commissioner and the Ontario Information and Privacy Commissioner have been notified about the breach.

According to the OCS, the data breach affected about two per cent of the orders that have been made on the site since it launched last month. But Canada Post could not explain how they verified that only one person had accessed the data.

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"The OCS is extremely concerned about the compromising of OCS customer data accessed through the Canada Post online tracking tool", he said.

"Both organizations have been working closely together since that time to investigate and take immediate action", Canada Post said in a statement.

"As a result, important fixes have been put in place by both organizations to prevent any further unauthorized access to customer information", the Crown corporation said.

"That level of transparency is good", Mr.

Given the vulnerability occurred through Canada Post, Mr.

Since Canada Post is subject to federal privacy laws, he said, any further action is a matter for the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada.

In answer to an opposition question on Wednesday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told the House of Commons the breach was fixed and would not be repeated.

Ford said OCS expects Canada Post to re-engineer their systems to protect customers.

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