A new report along with an investigation by a labour expert has determined it was a corporate decision and no one person is to blame for installing spyware software on computers at the District of Saanich.
The district moved too fast to install the Spectre 360 software, based on outdated policies, and without in depth discussion that would have prevented the problems it then experienced.
“A corporate level error in not doing privacy assessment impacts. I think to much of a focus on security without considering the impacts on privacy.”
That is the upshot of a report by interim Chief Operating Officer Andy Laidlaw, and a separate investigation by labour expert Brian Simmons.
Laidlaw says staff are lacking when it comes to being up to speed on privacy issues and that is being corrected per the Privacy Commissioner’s recommendations.
While the report found no one person was to blame what about mayor Richard Atwell’s accusations he was being spied on and was being targeted by I-T staff.
Saanich interim Chief Operating Officer Andy Laidlaw.
“I am not able to find that evidence. I looked into it myself and had discussions with staff and as you probably see I actually engaged a separate consultant to take a look at whether there are any concerns about the actions of staff here. His report outlines that he doesn’t see that.”
Laidlaw was asked if mayor Richard Atwell has seen the report and if so what his reaction it was.
“Council has accepted the report and we are moving forward. I have not had an opportunity to speak to the mayor as he is at a conference in Vancouver. Certainly we will be talking to him when he gets back.”
The District removed the spyware after an investigation by the Privacy Commissioner.
You can read Laidlaw’s report HERE
And you can read the findings of Brian Simmons investigation HERE