Data breach at House of Commons

ONTARIO –  The House of Commons has launched an internal probe in the wake of an “administrative error” that resulted in hundreds of personal income tax forms being mailed to the wrong addresses.

The glitch affected 697 former staffers of members of Parliament in 2009 who received a T4 tax form last month that belonged to somebody else. The personal information on the T4 forms includes social insurance numbers, employee earnings and other personal information that could be used to apply for credit and steal someone’s identity.

Government House leader Jay Hill said the mix-up likely occurred when lists of former employees were incorrectly merged with addresses prior to the mailout by the human resources department.

The full incident report published by DATALOSS db on March 16, 2010 is available here.

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