Error in Big Game Application Mailing Results in Privacy Breach

Written by on May 11, 2015

NL+Environment+Colour+RGBThe Department of Environment and Conservation is advising residents that it has been made aware of 15 instances out of a total of 103,000 mailings where Big Game Licence Application recipients have received, in addition to their own application, an application intended for another individual. There have also been two reports of recipients receiving applications in unsealed envelopes.

The Big Game Licence Application mail out process is awarded annually via public tender. In 2015, the tender was awarded to Transcontinental Nova Scotia Media Group Inc., locally operated as The Telegram. This vendor has successfully performed the work in previous years.

Each application contains the intended recipient’s name, address, driver’s licence number, as well as login and password information for the Wildlife Information Management System.

The department has notified the known impacted individuals by letter, informing them of the breach and advising of their right to contact Service NL and request a new driver’s licence number, at no cost.

The department is also asking any individual who has not yet received their application to contact Grant Dicks, Manager of Licensing and Operations, Wildlife Division, at 709-637-2045 or gdicks@gov.nl.ca.


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