#CyberFLASH: Perrin emails ‘frozen’ due to student privacy breach litigation, PMO says

Nigel Wright

OTTAWA – The emails belonging to Benjamin Perrin once believed deleted were actually “frozen” in relation to legal action dealing with a privacy breach of Canada Student Loan borrowers, according to the prime minister’s office.

 The litigation has to do with an external hard drive containing the private details of some 583,000 people that went missing at Employment and Social Development Canada, formerly Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, an official said.

It is not believed Perrin, who worked as a special advisor and legal counsel to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, was involved in the breach. Some accounts at Privy Council Office, which provides bureaucratic support to the prime minister and cabinet, may have also been frozen.

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