#CyberTRAX: Personal data lost by two federal departments at same time



In the fall of 2012, a worker at Environment Canada lost a laptop containing the personal information of 13 people whom the department was set to hire.

It was an embarrassing enough situation for the department, but doubly troublesome for two of the victims: Internal documents show that those two people also had their personal information lost at the same time in a higher-profile data breach that took place at Employment and Social Development Canada.

In that ESDC breach, the department lost a small portable hard drive containing the personal information of about 583,00 Canada Student Loan recipients – a loss that is still the subject of a class-action lawsuit – and about 250 departmental employees. The drive was noticed missing on Nov. 5, 2012, but had last been seen in late August of that year.

The drive wasn’t password-protected or encrypted, which is a violation of government policy.

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