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Canada: Federal Department Loses Data on 5,000 People
Source: itworldcanada.com
Source Date: Friday, December 28, 2012
Focus: Electronic and Mobile Government
Country: Canada
Created: Jan 07, 2013

What a way for the year to end.

The federal Human Resources and Skills Development department has acknowledged that a staffer lost a USB stick with personal information on 5,000 Canadians, including their social insurance numbers, medical records and birth dates.

The story was broken first by the London Free Press, then followed up by The Globe and Mail and other news organizations.

Early reports couldn't confirm whether the data on the stick was encrypted.

UPDATE: According to the Toronto Star, an HRSD spokesperson said the data wasn't encrypted.

The disgrace, of course, is that this comes after Elections Ontario's humiliating admission in July that contract staffers lost two unencrypted USB sticks with personal information on as many as 4 million voters.

(By Howard Solomon)
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