Alberta Health says privacy breach possible on province’s vaccine passport website

The province’s vaccine record website has suffered a possible privacy breach, Alberta Health said in a statement Thursday.

Alberta Health says it has received reports of at least 12 users who uploaded erroneous information to the province’s COVID-19 vaccination record website on Wednesday. The folder these users downloaded contained name, date of birth, and vaccine information. The government says no further information was released.

From 7 p.m. on Thursday the site was still offline. Alberta Health says an investigation is underway to determine the cause and the number of Albertans affected.

The problem does not appear to be caused by a security breach in the system, according to the province, and the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner has been notified.

Alberta Health Minister Jason Copping said he wanted to apologize to Albertans who may have encountered problems accessing the updated immunization record for travel.

NDP MP Sarah Hoffman on Thursday criticized the government’s rollout of vaccine passports during Question Period at the Alberta legislature in Edmonton. (Government of Alberta)

“The government had months to plan and they continue to fail Alberta families,” Edmonton-Glenora NDP MP Sarah Hoffman said during Question Period in Edmonton on Thursday, calling on Premier Jason Kenney apologizes for the “chaos” around vaccine passports.

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