A Progressive Conservative candidate abruptly stop on Wednesday night, hours after his former employer introduced it was investigating an inner data breach that affected 60,000 prospects.
Simmer Sandhu introduced on Twitter that he was stepping down as the PC candidate in Brampton East as a result of of allegations “pertaining to each my work life and my nomination marketing campaign.”
Sandhu labored 9 years at 407 ETR, the corporate that owns and operates the 407 toll freeway by means of the GTA.
Late Wednesday afternoon, 407 ETR introduced it was informing 60,000 prospects that their names, mailing addresses, and in some instances their telephone numbers had been stolen from the corporate’s workplace through the previous yr.
“The incident is being investigated as an inside theft of data,” mentioned the corporate in a press release. It mentioned native police and the province’s data and privateness commissioner have been knowledgeable.
An organization official wouldn’t say who was being investigated however confirmed that Sandhu labored for 407 ETR till about two months in the past.
<a href=”https://twitter.com/407_ETR?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>@407_ETR</a> to advise affected prospects of inner theft of buyer data, restricted to account identify addresses/telephone quantity. No monetary, bank card, fee, account or different data impacted – No indication of an exterior breach of techniques – Learn <a href=”https://t.co/bOfdLanm9m”>https://t.co/bOfdLanm9m</a>
“These allegations are completely baseless. I completely deny them,” Sandhu mentioned on Twitter. He mentioned he’ll vigorously defend himself, however added, “I really feel it’s not possible for me to proceed as the PC candidate in Brampton East whereas doing so.”
“In mild of the investigation into Simmer Sandhu, he felt it was crucial to face down as a candidate and we accepted his resignation,” mentioned PC spokesperson Melissa Lantsman in a press release.
The social gathering named Sudeep Verma as its candidate to exchange Sandhu.