Midland Suing To Unlock Former Police Service Data

Three Encrypted Drives Never Unlocked Following OPP Transition

Midland is taking legal action to get some of its former police service’s data back.

After transitioning from a municipal police service to OPP coverage back in September of 2017, the town took possession of all its records and data, including three encrypted hard drives. Those drives remained encrypted over concerns the town breached the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, while the Information and Privacy Commissioner later found no breach.

In a 6-2 vote at its Wednesday night meeting, council voted to take legal action to address the encrypted records, and the involvement of former Police Chief Michael Osborne and one-time police IT manager-turned town councillor Bill Gordon. It is agreed that, were the encrypted files unlocked, the OPP would review the data before returning anything else to the Town.