The University of Victoria commissioned former privacy commissioner David Flaherty to produce a report on its data handling practices after a January breach compromised the sensitive information of approximately 11,700 current and former faculty, staff and students. According to The Victoria Times Colonist, Flaherty’s report said the university needs a cultural change in its information handling. Flaherty praised the school for its swift response to the breach but noted the breach would not have occurred had the university followed its established policies. University Communications Manager Denise Helm says the incident has prompted the school to make positive changes, adding, “Sometimes it's not until there's an unprecedented challenge that those opportunities are identified."
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