Scotch Tape and Paper: Canada’s Encryption Export


In what seems like an episode of Dudley Do-Right, Canada--the country that has cracked BlackBerry’s highly touted end-to-end encryption--has come up with an ingenious and top secret method for censoring government records: Scotch tape and paper

As one would expect, government documents are usually heavily redacted by crossing out certain sections of released documents using black ink. However, the Public Health Agency of Canada had a different idea when an Associated Press foreign correspondent made a request for files related to the 2014 Ebola outbreak. 

Upon receiving the documents, the correspondent simply pealed backed the taped paper to reveal personal information of patients treated for Ebola. The correspondent promptly alerted the Public Health agency of the lackadaisical encryption approach. 

According to a Public Health Agency spokeswoman, they are currently investigating the breach. The agency took a page from Justin Bieber and said ‘Sorry’ for the lackadaisical encryption method.

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada has opened up its own investigation on the matter to find out how the Ebola document was leaked without proper redaction. 

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