Critics Say Feds Need To Come Clean About Breach
DATA LOSSMarch 22, 2013
The New Democrats (NDP) are asking questions about “conflicting details” released by the Human Resources and Skills Development department following a data breach that exposed the personal information of 583,000 Canada Student Loan borrowers and led to new rules forbidding portable storage devices, Postmedia News reports. While department officials didn’t report the loss until January 11—and claimed they didn’t know about the loss of an external hard drive containing names, addresses and social insurance numbers until December 6—internal e-mails show discussion of the missing external driving dating to November 28. “They need to be honest and come clean with Canadians,” said NDP digital issues critic Charmaine Borg.