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Investigations Launched in Ontario Voter Breach

DATA LOSS

July 20, 2012

After this week’s announcement of Elections Ontario’s breach involving unencrypted memory sticks containing information on up to 2.4 million voters, Ontario police, the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner and Elections Ontario are all investigating, reports the Associated Press. The head of Elections Ontario—which lost the data—has hired a law firm and forensic security firm to guide its investigation and Privacy Commissioner Ann Cavoukian and police are working together to look into what Cavoukian has called the largest and most serious breach she’s seen in her 25-year career.  One cybersecurity expert called the breach “easily preventable,” adding that data protection technologies are time- and cost-efficient enough for even small- and medium-sized businesses to use.
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