MPS Encrypted Data

Publish date: Aug 2, 2019
Tags: local opinion privacy municipal government

MPS Encrypted Data

Note that date of article is date first item (at end of this page) was originally published, not the date it was consolidated and moved during a rebuild of the site.

My (hopefully) Final Thoughts on the Matter

I now think this has been way over-dramatized and ended up a sideshow that it didn't need to be, and Councillor Gordon now characterizing it as a data breach is beating a dead horse. I waffled a lot on what I thought was the truth, but I think ultimately the truth is that the data situation is not ideal, but that Town isn't in it for nefarious reasons, but because of a flawed transition process. If I understand the presentation correctly Midland is only the second municipality for the the data which was transitioned under a new OPP policy. I think that policy was flawed, and is ultimately why the data situation was even a factor.

Matter has Reportedly Been Settled

At the July 29, 2020 special meeting of council it was stated that the matter with Councillor Gordon has been settled. As I understand it the matters as they relate to former chief Mike Osborne are still in progress.

Link to Video of August 14 Staff Presentation to Council

August 14, 2019 Town of Midland Council Meeting. It's good to watch the MPS presention at about 3:31:15 in the video. The verbal part of the presentation has what I consider important information not in slide deck or the report itself.

August 14 Town Presentation to Council and Press Release of Council Decision

Town staff made a presentation to council August 14, 2019 about the Midland Police Services Controversy (i.e. the 'encrypted MPS hard drives for which encryption keys have not been turned over'). The council decided, 6-2 to pursue legal action to compel the turning over of the encryption keys and consider possible legal action against Bill Gordon (currently a member of town council). There is a press release regarding the Town of Midland's decision to pursue legal action on the matter of the encrypted drives and possibly against Mr. Gordon.

I personally did not attend the council meeting as this issue is not good for my mental health, especially with a crowd of people in attendance, and I've decided to step back from it. I will of course follow it, though, and watch the recorded Town Council meeting.

Timeline on

Two Questions Regarding the MPS Controversy

August 9: Town Council Agenda Includes Encrypted Hard Drives issue

The agenda for the council meeting coming up August 14, 2019 contains the Town's position regarding the controversy surrounding the transfer of records from the former Midland Police Service to the Town.

Statement of Claim by Former Police Chief Mike Osborne

Statement of Claim by Former Police Chief Mike Osborne

August 2, A Brief Brief on the Situation

What is this all About?

My understanding of what are the key components of this situation (Daniel F. Dickinson, a Midland resident)

Of interest may be the response to my Facebook post linking to this entry of a friend of mine who is a privacy advisor/auditor at a large tech company:

This is interesting... the Police Services Board act doesn't specify what happens to the data if a police service is dissolved. And MFIPPA has obligations for municipalities to protect the confidentiality of data - since they don't typically have access to identifiable police data, I don't believe they should be the custodians - it should be transferred to the OPP (as the OPP has to determine that there is adequate policing available which would include having the necessary information transferred appropriately)

If anything, the municipality may have responsibilities to making sure the data is held/stored safely; the former police chief may have responsibilities to hold the keys - but the city is fighting otherwise I guess