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BCLC: Personal information compromised through our gambling site

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – They haven’t found any evidence hackers are involved, but personal data has been compromised on the lottery corporation’s new online gambling site. 

Since its launch last Thursday, Playnow.com has spent most of the time under repair.  B.C. Lotteries says the servers were just overloaded.  It adds that while the site was still up, there were login problems.  The corporation calls it “data crossover.”

So, when users were signing in with their own account information, people actually ended up logging in under somebody else’s account.

The B.C. Lottery Corporation has identified 134 cases and in 12 of them, sensitive personal information was viewed by the wrong player.  The corporation says all affected players have been contacted. 

NDP Gaming Critic Shane Simpson is asking the government to come clean on why a financial watchdog has fined the lotto corporation $500,000.

FINTRAC levied the fine for over 1,200 violations of the federal Proceeds of Crime and Terrorist Financing Act.  FINTRAC’s objective is to detect and prevent money laundering.

Michael Graydon says the corporation was late filing more than 400 ‘large cash transaction’ reports to FINTRAC because of a problem with the interface between BCLC and the watchdog. “There was another 366 where the data had clerical errors,” he adds.   

He says the fine was not reported sooner because it was under review until July 15, and FINTRAC does not allow public reporting until the review is completed.

He points out the problems have been addressed and BCLC’s reporting to the company has been ‘error free’ since June.