Eastern Health ‘tore’ offices apart looking for missing flash drive (updated)

CBC News reports:

Newfoundland and Labrador’s largest health authority is reporting a privacy breach affecting thousands of its employees, including the loss of sensitive data like social insurance numbers, names and employee numbers.

Eastern Health said a USB flash drive containing a spreadsheet of employees’ personal information went missing sometime between last Wednesday and Friday.

At a news conference Friday morning, CEO David Diamond said the health authority spent the last few days searching for the drive, tearing apart their offices.

Of the 9,000 people whose information was on the flash drive, 3,300 staff with surnames starting with letters P-Z had social insurance numbers included in the information spreadsheet.

Read more on CBC News.

Update of August 6: Found it!

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