A B.C. man is attempting to launch a class-action lawsuit against Canadian Laboratory testing company, LifeLabs, one day after it announced a large cyberattack on its systems affecting the private information of 15 million Canadians.
Kennet Morrison, a retired Vancouver computer technician, filed a notice of civil claim against LifeLabs Wednesday in the Supreme Court of British Columbia, alleging the company breached its contract with Morrison to keep his private information safe.
None of the allegations have been proven in court.
Morrison, the main plaintiff, is opening up the lawsuit as a proposed class-action against the company.
The document says it is open to any B.C. resident who has been a customer of LifeLabs before Dec. 17, 2019.
Protecting personal information was a key term of the company’s contract, the lawsuit says.
It alleges LifeLabs knew of the risk of a data breach and “failed to implement sufficiently strong encryption and security safeguards” to prevent it from being subject to unauthorized access.
“Life Labs failed to treat privacy and security as its top priorities,” the documents say. “Life Labs was reckless in its conduct amounting to the storage breach.”
Because of this alleged recklessness, the lawsuit claims one or more cyber criminals was able to remotely access and seize personal information.
“Life Labs had its own privacy policies and security measures to which it failed to sufficiently adhere,” says the document.
Morrison’s suit says he has suffered an invasion of his privacy that has left him exposed to identify theft, phishing, extortion and further disclosure of his sensitive medical information.
He is seeking general and punitive damages, as well as pre- and post-judgment interest.
As part of the relief, the document requests the lawsuit be certified by the courts as a class action.
CBC News has reached out to LifeLabs for comment.
The company has yet to file an official response in the courts.
Recall notice issued on spaghetti sauce that could cause botulism – Montreal Gazette
A brand of spaghetti sauce sold in Quebec has been recalled by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.
The sauce, made by Érablière Godbout, could cause botulism, according to an advisory by the agency.
The sauce did not have a “keep refrigerated” label on the jars.
The spaghetti sauce, which was sold in 500 millilitre and one litre jars, should be returned to the store or thrown out.
No one has fallen ill after eating the sauce, but the recall has been ordered as a precaution, the agency said in a news release.
Symptoms in adults can include facial paralysis or loss of facial expression, fixed pupils, difficulty swallowing, drooping eyelids, blurred or double vision, slurred speech and hoarseness.
Symptoms of botulism in children can include difficulty swallowing, slurred speech, generalized weakness and paralysis.
'Netwalker' ransomware attacks pose challenge for businesses, organizations in Canada – Global News
Despite pandemic-imposed rules, the lights of the Liquid Zoo are still on until 2 a.m., which is causing confusion for some residents in Kelowna.
The business, which is known for featuring strippers, is downtown on Kelowna’s Lawrence Avenue.
In early September, Dr. Bonnie Henry ordered businesses to stop operating as nightclubs.
She also said that last call must be at 10 p.m., and unless a full meal service is provided, businesses must close by 11 p.m.
A bouncer at Liquid Zoo’s door on Friday night could be heard telling guests that they could order a bunch of drinks for last call at 10 p.m. and keep drinking until 2 a.m.
The Liquid Zoo was not available for an on-camera interview with Global News on Sunday.
However, the business said guests are restricted to ordering two drinks at last call but can sip them until 2 a.m.
The business also said that it has stopped operating as a nightclub and isn’t doing anything illegal.
Liquid Zoo said it offers a full food menu, which means it can remain open until 2 a.m.
The business said it’s had scrutiny from RCMP, Interior Health and bylaw officers.
Although the public health order does say that liquor must not be consumed on premises by owners, operators or staff after 11 p.m., it doesn’t explicitly say that guests must finish their drinks before then.
Interior Health said its public health teams will be investigating the situation.
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