Warning letter

Oliver residents are being warned about a privacy breach arising from town staff inadvertently sending out confidential property tax information.

“During the process of email notification to property owners of their 2019 property tax notice, an error was made in which the attachments on emails to three people included a list of all properties on the (residential) property tax roll,” corporate officer Diane Vaykovich said in an email.

“The information breached included mailing address and civic address. The town believes that there is not a reasonable risk of financial harm to residents.”

Vaykovich said town staff has been in contact with the three people who received the information and “is confident that the electronic document has been destroyed.”

Other information about the tax roll, such as the owner, mortgage holder, property value and tax charges, is publicly available.

The town has reported the matter to the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner for B.C.

OIPC spokeswoman Jane Zatylny said in an email staff there are consulting with town officials as they “work to address the circumstances of the breach.”

People with concerns about how their privacy was affected are encouraged to get in touch with the OIPC.

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