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Commissioner’s Office To Investigate Breach

DATA LOSS—CANADA

January 3, 2013

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) will investigate a breach at Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC), The London Free Press reports. The breach occurred when an HRSDC employee transported and lost an unencrypted USB stick containing the personal information of 5,000 Canadians. The USB stick went missing November 17 but was not reported to OPC until December 21, the report states. The office has received 100 calls and several complaints on the matter, prompting an investigation that will focus on “the application of the Privacy Act,” how the USB stick was misplaced and what data was stored on it, said OPC spokeswoman Anne-Marie Hayden.
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