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Cavoukian Launches Encryption Campaign

DATA PROTECTION

August 6, 2010

Ontario's Information and Privacy Commissioner has launched an educational campaign aimed at preventing the loss or theft of unencrypted personal information stored on USB keys or laptops. The "Think Before Your Copy" campaign comes on the heels of a recent privacy breach involving the personal health information of 750 surgical patients when a purse was stolen that contained the information on an unencrypted USB stick. Commissioner Ann Cavoukian is sending letters to health colleges and professional associations, offering guidance from her office on developing educational initiatives, according to a press release. "Portable devices should never be loaded with unencrypted personal information. Either encrypt the information or remove all personal identifiers," Cavoukian said.
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