Newspaper article The Canadian Press

No Apology from Nova Scotia Premier to Teen Cleared in Privacy-Breach Case

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

No Apology from Nova Scotia Premier to Teen Cleared in Privacy-Breach Case

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No apology from premier in privacy-breach case

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HALIFAX - Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil is not offering an apology to a 19-year-old man who was arrested after allegedly breaching the province's freedom-of-information website.

Police dropped the case against the young man on Monday, saying there was no criminal intent and "no grounds to lay charges."

McNeil initially referred to the man's actions as "stealing,'' but has since backed away from such strong language.

On Tuesday he was asked about opposition calls for an apology for his early characterization of what occurred. McNeil wouldn't address an apology directly, despite repeated questions from reporters.

"The information was taken outside our system," he said. "We had a responsibility ... to turn that over to police. They did their due diligence and determined the course of action that they've taken."

The youth was arrested after a dramatic raid on his family's home on April 11 after it was alleged he downloaded 7,000 documents from the public website. …

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