Notice of Canoe.ca data breach affecting 1 million site users
The free news and entertainment portal Canoe.ca, operated by MediaQMI Inc. and owned by Sun Media Corp. prior to 2015, wishes to inform users that some of its databases containing records from the period of 1996 to 2008 have been breached. Immediately after learning of the incident, on September 2nd, Canoe.ca launched a thorough investigation and found no evidence that the compromised data contained any financial information, such as credit card numbers, or social insurance numbers.
The breached data did however contain personal information pertaining to about one million Anglophone and Francophone users of the Canoe sites from that period, such as names, email addresses, mailing addresses and telephone numbers. The information was provided by users for contests, forums, comments pages or the hosting of personal pages. No data collected after 2008 has been compromised.
Canoe.ca takes data security very seriously and would like to reassure its users that it has taken all necessary steps, with the help of recognized data security experts, to remediate this data breach. It has also informed the RCMP, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner and all relevant provincial privacy commissioners of the security breach.
Canoe.ca sincerely apologizes to its users and assures them that it is making every effort to find and contact all users who may be affected by this illegal access to data collected during the 1996-2008 period.
Anyone concerned about this data breach is invited to call 1-833-370-2898.
Source: TVA Group