Two more ICBC jury breaches are found

Canwest News ServiceMay 29, 2009


ICBC’s investigation into the improper disclosure of the accident-claim histories of jurors has uncovered two other breaches of jurors’ privacy, the auto-insurance agency confirmed Thursday.

The breaches, described by ICBC spokesman Mark Jan Vrem as inappropriate access to jurors’ personal information, took place in 2000 and 2006 during civil trials. They did not involve lawyers or adjusters working on Vancouver Island, he said.

"We are the first to recognize that these incidents are absolutely wrong," said ICBC president Jon Schubert. "ICBC has 5,000 dedicated and hard-working employees and we are all feeling a great deal of disappointment over this issue."

ICBC will continue its month-long investigation and share its findings with David Loukidelis, B.C.’s information and privacy commissioner, who has been asked by the government to conduct an audit, said Jan Vrem.

Labour Minister Iain Black said ICBC uncovered the two new cases last Thursday and Friday, prompting a series of emergency board meetings over the weekend.

Black, who is responsible for information and privacy issues, was alerted and requested an urgent briefing by the board on Monday morning.

"They were, in a word, horrified at what they had discovered," he said. Kathleen Birney, a Victoria lawyer hired by ICBC, told Justice Malcolm Macaulay that when the jury was picked, her office sent the jurors’ names to an ICBC adjuster and asked for information on their claims history. Birney received information that one juror had an open claim with ICBC; another had previous claims.

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