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Hard Drive Containing PII Goes Missing

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July 27, 2012

A hard drive containing the personal information of approximately 800 city of Ottawa pension recipients has gone missing, the Ottawa Citizen reports. Towers Watson was in the process of switching computer systems when the unencrypted hard drive—containing names, birthdates, social insurance numbers and pension amounts—went missing. The organization is offering individuals two years of free credit monitoring and has notified the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC). OPC spokeswoman Anne-Marie Hayden said, “we are encouraged by the steps they are taking to minimize any risks to the privacy of Canadians.”
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