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Commissioner Announces Investigation’s Launch

DATA LOSS—CANADA

January 14, 2013

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) has announced its launch of an investigation into a breach at Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC). The assistant commissioner has determined there are “reasonable grounds for a commissioner-initiated complaint against HRSDC” to determine whether the Privacy Act has been violated. 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 the OPC until December 21.
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