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Stolen Devices Contained Unencrypted PII

DATA THEFT—CANADA

January 11, 2012

The theft of laptops and mobile devices containing sensitive information of approximately 11,700 University of Victoria employees has prompted an investigation by British Columbia's Office of the Information and Privacy Commission to determine whether the school had appropriate levels of data security in place when the incident occurred, The Victoria Times Colonist reports. Some of the devices contained employee names, payroll information and social insurance numbers dating back to January 2010. A police officer familiar with the incident said the stolen electronic devices were not encrypted. "In terms of British Columbia," said Privacy Commissioner Elizabeth Denham, "this is a large breach of sensitive information."
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