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Elections Ontario Reports Missing Memory Sticks

DATA LOSS—CANADA

July 17, 2012

Ontario’s Information and Privacy Commission (OIPC) has launched an investigation into the loss of personal data from the office of the province’s chief electoral officer, The Globe and Mail reports. Elections Ontario reported missing memory sticks containing as many as 2.4 million voters’ names, addresses, genders and dates of birth, among other information, to provincial police, party leaders and the OIPC. The data on the sticks is unencrypted. Ontarian Information and Privacy Commissioner Ann Cavoukian said she is “deeply disturbed” that a breach of this extent could happen at Elections Ontario and that data stored on mobile devices must be de-identified or encrypted.
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