Federal Department loses data on 583,000 Canadians

 
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(This article is based on a report at the CBC and matched to the HSRDC website advisory report. This is a summary only.)

A report was recently posted that Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) has misplaced a portable hard disk containing personal information of 583,000 Canadians.

Affected individuals

  • People who received student loans for the period from 2000 to 2006 inclusive.
  • Borrowers other than those from Quebec, Nunavut and Northwest Territories. (Carification: The report does not indicate if the borrowers were in those places when they borrowed or if they reside there now.)
  • Plus 250 HRSDC Employees

What Information was misplaced

  • For Borrowers: Names, Social Insurance Numbers, Dates of Birth, Contact Information and Student Loan Balance.
  • For Employees: Personal Contact Information

What the Department is doing

The department is mailing letters to all individuals affected where the department is aware of current contact information, explaining what steps to take to protect themselves. According to the article, no sign that the missing data has been accessed or used for fraudulent purposes. The RCMP and the Office of the Privacy Commissioner has been informed. Further information may be found at the Department’s website.

If you believe yourself to be affected but have not received a letter, there is a toll-free phone number provided by the department starting Monday January 14, 2013.

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