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Ontario Shuts Down Kiosks After Breach Attempt

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June 8, 2012

The Globe and Mail reports the Ontario government has temporarily shut down ServiceOntario kiosks across the province after debit card companies reported attempts by individuals to copy credit and debit card information at kiosks in four Toronto-area shopping malls. The kiosks allow users to renew their driver's licenses and obtain birth certificates. Government Services Minister Harinder Takhar referenced police reports of such methods of "skimming" information, noting, "It's happening everywhere...We just wanted to make sure the information is protected." Ontario Information and Privacy Commissioner Ann Cavoukian praised the government for closing the kiosks upon learning of the problem, the report states.
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