#CyberFLASH: University of Ottawa missing hard drive with data on 900 students

university-of-ottawa-2The University of Ottawa has launched an investigation after an external hard drive containing the personal information of approximately 900 students disappeared earlier this month.

Current and former students have been notified of the possible privacy breach and an information line has been set up, the university said in a news release Wednesday.

Ottawa police and the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario have also been notified.

The hard drive was used to back up personal information on individuals who accessed a university resource for students with disabilities or mental health issues applying for special academic accommodations.

Figuring out exactly what personal information was stored on the drive is one of the objectives of the investigation, the university said..

“The University takes its role in safeguarding personal information and using it in an appropriate manner very seriously. Measures have been put in place at SASS to reduce the risk of the situation recurring. The University is deeply sorry about this situation,” the university said..

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