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Breach of 500,000 Spurs Class-Action Suits, Investigations

DATA LOSS—CANADA

January 18, 2013

A Human Resources and Skills Development Canada breach of 583,000 records—its second this month—has prompted investigations by the RCMP and the Office of the Privacy Commissioner (OPC) and two class-action lawsuits, reports the Canadian Press. A hard drive containing names, social insurance numbers, contact information, birth dates and balance amounts of Canada Student Loans Program borrowers went missing in November but was not reported to the OPC until more than a month later, resulting in some criticism for the delay. Assistant Privacy Commissioner Chantal Bernier says after this investigation, the OPC is considering conducting audits of government agencies that hold large volumes of sensitive data, and the human resources minister has requested all department employees participate in mandatory security training.
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