MASSE QUESTIONS FOREIGN AFFAIRS MINISTER ABOUT CANADIANS' PRIVACY AT PASSPORT CANADA

OFFICIAL REPORT (HANSARD)
Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Passport Canada

Mr. Brian Masse (Windsor West, NDP):
Mr. Speaker, a massive security breach in Passport Canada's website has allowed anyone access to personal information, including social insurance numbers, dates of birth and driver's licences of Canadians who have applied for a passport.

Privacy expert Michael Geist said, “One mistake can result in significant security breaches that can put huge amounts of personal information at risk”.

Could the Minister of Public Safety inform the House how many Canadians have had their privacy violated? Will he apologize to them and ensure that accountability measures take place with those who designed the software to ensure the breach is stopped?

Hon. Maxime Bernier (Minister of Foreign Affairs, CPC):
Mr. Speaker, we communicated this morning with Passport Canada officials, and more specifically with CEO Gérard Cossette.

Yes, a serious situation arose last week. We were assured today that the situation and the problem have been resolved. The Passport Canada website is now among the most secure.
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