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Review launched into MNR hunting and fishing license outsourcing

Thursday, May 31, 2012   by: Staff


Privacy review launched into hunting and fishing licensing after NDP call

QUEEN’S PARK – Ontario's Information and Privacy Commissioner has launched a review of the Ministry of Natural Resources' arrangements with the U.S. operator of the hunting and fishing licensing system.

The review is being conducted in response to a letter by New Democrat Natural Resources Critic Sarah Campbell outlining a number of privacy concerns.

“As the moose license draw closes today hunters aren't just worried about whether they'll get a tag this year. They're concerned about their personal privacy,” said Campbell. “Hunters and anglers are being told that their personal information could be subject to the laws of other countries but have received no assurances it won't be shared with third parties.”

Campbell said the decision to outsource the MNR contract south of the border creates more than privacy concerns.

“It makes no sense that instead of creating jobs in Ontario we're outsourcing them to the U.S.,” said Campbell. “The McGuinty Liberals have their priorities backwards.”

Letter from Information and Privacy Assistant Commissioner Brian Beamish

“Please be advised that the Information and Privacy Commission will make inquiries of the ministry with regard to the licensing process and will review the arrangements currently in place between the ministry and the private sector partner. We will be in touch with you when these inquiries have been completed.”

Earlier coverage of this story
MNR under fire over hunting, fishing license outsourcing
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jean-paul 5/31/2012 12:15:39 PM Report

I do have enormous anxiety towards this outsourcing.This is the people we elected,bunch of no minds backbench cowards.All I can say is crap, this sucks big time.
Nunavut 5/31/2012 12:33:53 PM Report

Someone in Government Purchasing blew it big time and should have demanded that any company responding to their tender must store the data in Canadian databases. But now due to the USA Patriot Act that American database company can be forced by USA law agencies to provide the info in those databases.....nothing like American law enforcement deciding a Canadian that hunts (so has guns) should maybe be in their "no fly list" etc etc....huge mistake by Ontario Government!
keeper 5/31/2012 1:06:23 PM Report

Lets see David O explain this one. Contracting out Ontario jobs and personal government information, plus credit card info to a foreign country....good one. can't blame this one on the P.C.s or will be drivers lic & health cards.
Timbob 5/31/2012 9:45:33 PM Report

I wouldn't blame the elected officials in this case. This is a clear example of the numerous career IDIOTS running the MNR these days. I can think of no kinder words that accurately reflect the nonsense that comes out of this ministry week after week.

This is the worst ministry I can think of, filled with incompetent, power-tripping, lying civil servants in every corner of the province. It's like they exist just to harass the average guy out to enjoy a day on the lake with his kids.

Sure, there are a few well-meaning employees here and there, and divisions like Fire Fighting are essential. But the vast majority of this ministry needs to be completely eradicated and re-built from scratch.
firefly42 6/1/2012 1:07:34 AM Report

I am employed at a place that sells fishing & hunting licenses and I have not been told about the privacy issues, there is no warning on the machine when I sell the license and input the buyers personal information. Why is there only a warning when you call in?

The roll out of the new system wasn't great either and I wasn't impressed that our 15mins of training over the phone was by someone in the U.S. (customer/technical support is offered by the U.S also)

This is a government run Ministry and jobs went to the U.S.? Nothing is right about that!
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