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School Board Loses Data on 7,000 Employees

DATA LOSS

April 15, 2011

CBC reports that the private information of about 7,000 Edmonton Public School Board employees has gone missing. A USB memory stick containing information including resumes, banking data and employment records was lost on March 22 by a computer technician. The school board has alerted the individuals affected and informed them of how to monitor their credit. Alberta Privacy Commissioner Frank Work said the school board policy indicates unencrypted memory sticks are not to be used. The policy also requires that the board keep a list of data stored on portable devices. "The third way they breached their own policy was they had kept too much information too long," Work said.
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