By AuxBeacon News Staff
CAP Pacific Region Commander, Colonel Brian L. Bishop, has been caught releasing Personally Identifiable Information (PII) to the public without member consent. The PCR staff rosters disclose home addresses, phone numbers, emails, etc. They can be found here, with the falsely-claimed SECURE protected login, until the matter is resolved.
According to CAP Regulation 1-2, Para 1, Personally identifiable information (PII) is CAP confidential information about an individual that can be used to distinguish or trace that individual’s identity. Examples of PII include, but are not limited to, social security number; age; marital status; race; date and place of birth; telephone numbers; other demographic, medical history, personal, medical and financial information. Unauthorized access to the PII of members/employees must be prevented to the maximum extent possible. PII shall only be made available to those individuals who have a specific need to have such information and shall be provided for official CAP business only.
According to CAP Regulation 1-2, Para 5, the commander is responsible for ensuring that the member(s) whose information may have been released or disclosed is notified of that release of information, to include the specific PII that may have been released.
Col Bishop is in violation of the California Online Privacy Protection Act of 2003 (OPPA). Apparently, some members are unhappy about this and are pursuing it through independent channels.
PII can be exploited by criminals to stalk or steal the identity of a person, or to aid in the planning of criminal acts. As a response to these threats, many website privacy policies specifically address the gathering and distribution of PII.
Readers may remember the following quote in which Col Bishop reveals his limited vocabulary and his weak knowledge of CAP regulations. “What I’m hearing is Zayas was a bad guy, and Wong let him be a bad guy,” Col Bishop said. He said he agreed that Zayas was “a bad guy,” but did not know if Wong violated any charter rules that would prompt his removal from duty.
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