“Please be advised that an electronic storage device,
also known as an external portable hard drive,
containing personal information on 583,000 Canada
Student Loan borrowers who were clients of the Canada
Student Loans Program (CSLP) from 2000-2006 has
been lost from an HRSDC office in Gatineau, Quebec.”
A Newfoundland lawyer has put the mechanisms in place to launch a class action suit on the behalf of people impacted by a serious privacy breach related to the Canada Student Loan Program.
VOCM is reporting that St. John's Lawyer Bob Buckingham is inviting anyone impacted by the breach to contact his office. He has established a website that victims can use to join the action.
Five hundred and eighty three thousand people who applied for loans between 2000 and 2006 could be impacted. To determine if you are one of the affected, call 1-866-885-1866.
Our government’s spend millions in security costs related to identity theft every year. They tell us that reputable companies protect your information. That we should only deal with companies that have an established reputations.
All scammers need is your name, address, date of birth and social insurance number. With this they can ruin your credit, drain your bank accounts and generally destroy your reputation. It takes years to straighten out identity theft.
Who thinks twice about passing over personal information to the federal or provincial government?St. John's South - Mount Pearl MP Ryan Cleary was quick to point to cuts by the federal government as the cause.
The government has known about the breach for months. On Nov. 5, an employee of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada discovered the hard drive was missing from an office in Gatineau, Quebec. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) has been called in to investigate what could be deemed as “one of the largest privacy lapses in Canadian history,” TheVancouver Sun reported.
HRSDC discovered the breach while it was in the midst of another investigation – the loss of a USB key containing the data of more than 5,000 Canadians.