Ca: Lost hard drive with student loan data lacked password protection

Daniel Bitonti reports:

A portable computer hard drive containing the personal information of more than 500,000 student loan recipients was left unsecured for extended periods of time by government employees and was not protected by a password or encryption, Canada’s top privacy watchdog says.

In a report tabled in Parliament on Tuesday, interim federal privacy commissioner Chantal Bernier detailed the various security procedures Employment and Social Development Canada failed to follow when dealing with the confidential information — failures she said should serve as a lesson for every public sector department and agency.

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