Government data breached thousands of times in last decade, documents say

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OTTAWA — The federal government has seen more than 3,000 data and privacy breaches over the past 10 years, breaches that have affected more than 725,350 Canadians, according to documents tabled in Parliament on Tuesday.

The responses from departments, given to the New Democrats in response to an order paper question, also show that less than 13 per cent of all breaches have been reported, including a handful from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans that affected more than 4,400 individuals.

“There may be issues where Canadians have been put at risk and they haven’t been informed,” said NDP critic Charlie Angus, who submitted the written question. “As a standard, we should involve the privacy commissioner when Canadians’ privacy is breached.”

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