Halifax police make arrest in breach of N.S. freedom-of-information website

Updated Thursday, April 12

Halifax police have arrested a 19-year-old man in connection with the breach of a Nova Scotia freedom-of-information disclosure web portal.

Police say the man faces the seldom laid charge of unauthorized use of a computer.

The government says about seven-thousand documents were inappropriately accessed between March 3rd and March 5th.

Officials say the breach was inadvertently found by a provincial employee.

Both Premier Stephen McNeil and Internal Services Minister Patricia Arab say they held off telling the public on the advice of police in order to help with their investigation, but police say they didn't make the request.

Progressive Conservative house leader Chris d'Entremont says he thinks the government isn't being forthcoming about how it handled the situation.

Officials say about 250 of the documents contained sensitive personal information including birthdates, social insurance numbers, addresses and government services' client information.

The admission came nearly a week after the problem was first noticed and the portal was shut down on April 5th.