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Toronto Teacher Data Exposed by Laptop Theft

DATA LOSS—CANADA

January 28, 2010

More than 8,000 Toronto District School Board teachers have had their personally identifiable information exposed as a result of the theft of a laptop computer. CBC reports that the computer was stolen from the Waterloo offices of the Ontario Teachers Insurance Plan in what has been described as a "routine smash and grab" burglary. It is not known if the sensitive data has been accessed, but Ontario Assistant Privacy Commissioner Ken Anderson warns that some identity theft rings have become involved in the theft or trafficking of laptop computers specifically for the information they contain.
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