Boing Boing: Nova Scotia filled its public Freedom of Information Archive with citizens’ private data, then arrested the teen who discovered it

Boing Boing: Nova Scotia filled its public Freedom of Information Archive with citizens’ private data, then arrested the teen who discovered it. “A 19 year old in Nova Scotia wanted to learn more about the provincial teachers’ dispute, so he filed some Freedom of Information requests; he wasn’t satisfied with the response so he decided to dig through other documents the province had released under open records laws to look for more, but couldn’t find a search tool that was adequate to the job. He noticed that the URL for the response to his request ended with a long number, and by changing that number (by adding or subtracting from it), he could access other public documents published by the government in response to public requests.”

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