Vic Toews

February 17, 2012 by staff 

Vic Toews, Public Safety Minister Vic Toews will request a parliamentary investigation into a Twitter account that’s being used to post his personal information and is linked to an IP address in the House of Commons.

In an interview with Evan Solomon, host of CBC Radio’s The House, to air Saturday, Toews says he’s going to send a letter to Commons Speaker Andrew Scheer to request an investigation.

The user account on the social networking site Twitter that’s being used to post personal information on Toews has been linked to an IP address on Parliament Hill, the Ottawa Citizen reported Thursday night.

An IP address is a unique number that identifies computers in a network, which suggests that someone who works on Parliament Hill may be posting Toews’s personal information online.

The IP address serves anyone who works on Parliament Hill, including MPs and staff from all parties, non-partisan administrative and research staff, MPs’ constituency staff accessing the network remotely and journalists. There is no wireless or public access.

The newspaper report said employees working off that IP address also visited Paul Simon fan sites and updated Wikipedia articles to give them a pro-NDP bias, leading to a vicious question period Friday in which the Conservatives accused the NDP of being behind the account.

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