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Federal agency loses data on 583,000 Canadians

 
lolwhut, no backup?
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01/12/2013 11:00 PM
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Federal agency loses data on 583,000 Canadians
So much for Canadian student debt!



Federal agency loses data on 583,000 Canadians

A portable hard drive containing personal information of more than half a million people who received student loans has gone missing, the federal government revealed Friday.

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada says the device disappeared from an HRSDC office in Gatineau, Que., in early November.

The hard drive had personal information on 583,000 Canadians who were clients of the Canada Student Loans program from 2000 to 2006. Borrowers from Quebec, Nunavut and the Northwest Territories are not affected.

The information on the missing hard drive includes:

Student names, social insurance numbers, dates of birth, contact information and loan balance of Canada Student Loan borrowers.
Personal contact information for 250 HRSDC employees.
The government says no banking or medical information was on the hard drive.

Letters are going out to everyone affected to tell them what steps to take to protect themselves.


FULL STORY here:

[link to www.cbc.ca]
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01/12/2013 11:23 PM
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Re: Federal agency loses data on 583,000 Canadians
What the flying Hell is our government doing moving important files around using jump drives instead of secure networks?

What agency is even flipping stupid enough to put important data on a jump drive in the first place?

There had better be some busted skulls over this.

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