December 22, 2010 report of MB Ombudsman Irene Hamilton stated the MB Labour Board violated its applicants’ privacy rights when it published written Reasons for Decision containing personal information, not authorized under FIPPA, on its website. Among other things, it was recommended that the Board remove from its website all decisions that contained personal information; change its practices (posting online decisions containing personal information began January 2007) and give an apology to the complainant.
Note: Since original posting on October 24, 2011, it has been discovered that the Manitoba Labour Board has been forced to clean up its act!! If you recently have viewed the online decision (link above) you will find that all names have been changed to initials to protect the innocent (and the guilty). The original document is 140 pages - this online version is 130.
Government works in mysterious and not-so transparent ways.
As to why the Manitoba Ombudsman failed to send out a press release or public acknowledgement of the Labour Board's wrongdoings, the response was clearly a threat. Despite its past practices of never revealing personal information about a complainant in a press release, the following statement in writing is clearly a warning to stand down when she declaimed "...a public apology or a press release would seem to contradict the very basis of your complaint about privacy." GABS