FOIPOP portal mismanagement earns embarrassing distinction

March 15, 2019 at 8:55 am

The ham-fisted way the Department of Internal Affairs handled last year’s FOIPOP portal breach has earned the province a dubious, international distinction.

In Question Period today, PC MLA Chris d’Entremont revealed that the Electronic Frontier Foundation recognized Nova Scotia among the year’s worst in government transparency. The province was the only Canadian jurisdiction to win a Folly award. Using Nova Scotia as an example, the website implores: “Do better, Canada.”

“Unfortunately, because of this government’s inept handling of the FOIPOP portal, we are being recognized internationally for terrible security practices,” d’Entremont said. “For almost a year, this situation has been an embarrassment.”

The website noted that the Liberal government should have apologized to the public, thanked the teen who found the gaping hole in the government’s digital security practices and fixed the portal to protect information.

“What the government did and what they should have done are very different things,” d’Entremont said. “To add insult to injury, the portal is still not operational almost a year later.  Do better, Liberals.”