Finance Minister Defends FINTRAC
DATA THEFTMarch 1, 2013
An encrypted laptop and USB key containing personal information on 777 Canadians was stolen from the locked trunk of a FINTRAC employee’s car, reports POSTMEDIA NEWS. Finance Minister Jim Flaherty has defended the agency, stating that “FINTRAC took corrective steps to ensure this never happens again, including changes to the way it stores and transports information.” He acknowledged that local police, the Privacy Commission and all affected individuals have been notified about the data loss. Still, one MP voices criticism of the federal government, as this was the third known data breach since late last year.