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Dept. Forbids Portable Data Devices Following Breaches

DATA PROTECTION—CANADA

January 22, 2013

Following two breaches at Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC), the department has announced it is banning the use of portable data devices in its offices. HRSDC will begin using “data loss technology” to restrict data from being removed from its systems, and it has initiated reviews to determine the risks of portable data devices and whether proper safeguards exist. Staff will face disciplinary measures, including termination, for failing to adhere to privacy and security codes, HRSDC says. Its most recent data breach, involving a lost hard drive and affecting 583,000 Canadians’ records, prompted an investigation by Canada’s privacy commissioner and four class-action lawsuits.
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