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Breach Affects Former Parliament Staffers

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March 19, 2010

The House of Commons has launched an internal probe after an administrative error resulted in 697 personal income tax forms being mailed to the wrong addresses, the Ottawa Citizen reports. The forms, sent to parliament members' former staffers, contained personal information including social insurance numbers, employee earnings and other identifying information. A House spokesman said the unintended recipients have been instructed to return the sensitive information, though some reported already having destroyed it. The spokesman also said steps were being taken to prevent future breaches. Meanwhile, the House has set up a hotline and consulted credit agencies to monitor the affected employees for identity theft.
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