On Air

Jamie Harrison

Privacy breach at Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation

By: Harry Callaghan
Posted: June 2, 2020 06:06

MASC says SIN numbers and financial info still safe

Image: kreizihorse - Fotolia

The Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation (MASC) is reporting a privacy breach of personal data on May 26th.

In an emailed release, MASC says "an attachment containing the name and contact information of AgriInsurance clients was attached in error to an email sent to 134 producers in Manitoba. The information that was sent did not include clients’ social insurance numbers or financial information.

Immediately following the error, MASC implemented additional process controls and contacted the Manitoba ombudsman to report the incident. The corporation will conduct a review of its processes and procedures to minimize the risk of an incident of this nature occurring again."

The corporation says it "prides itself in building strong relationships with Manitoba agricultural producers, and works hard to maintain trust and confidence of its clients. Producers affected by the breach will be contacted directly by MASC.

Under The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, producers have the right to make a privacy complaint to the Manitoba ombudsman. Producers with any further questions regarding the breach of privacy are encouraged to contact MASC via email at mailbox@masc.mb.ca."  

Back to News