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Breaches Not Reported Publicly

DATA LOSS—CANADA

January 12, 2011

Infosecurity reports that Statistics Canada has experienced a number of recent data breaches that have exposed sensitive information and, while the cases were investigated, Statistics Canada failed to report the breaches publicly. "There have been a number of data breach cases of employees having their laptops containing confidential information stolen," the report states, noting at least two incidents where "employees left sticky notes with the passwords on their computers." The Office of the Privacy Commissioner has labeled a separate incident where employment records of 66 census takers and managers were left in surplus filing cabinets and sold at auction as "a serious matter."
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