Police probing security breach; identities of CAS clients posted online

BROCKVILLE – The O.P.P. is involved in a security breach at the Family and Children’s Services of Lanark, Leeds and Grenville.

This, after the identities of 285 clients referred to the agency last year were made available through Facebook, according to the Toronto Star.

The breach was a clickable link to a confidential report, posted on the Smiths Falls Swapshop Facebook page, a members-only page.

The post was discovered Monday afternoon after the agency received complaints, though it’s not known how long the post had been online.

The Family and Children’s Services of Lanark, Leeds and Grenville website was down as of Tuesday afternoon with a disclaimer saying the site was “undergoing a change.”

The executive director of Family and Children’s Services of Lanark, Leeds and Grenville, Raymond Lemay, told the paper their suspicions are the breach was perpetrated by a disgruntled client.

Families will be notified about the security breach today (Tuesday).

The names were part of a statistical report to the board of directors on new cases from part of 2015.

Exposing the identities of families with child protection agencies carries a fine up to $10,000 and three years in jail.

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