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Privacy breaches underline weak, secretive federal data protection laws

Human Resources Canada’s loss of a hard drive with personal information of some 583,000 also raises questions about how much do we really know about the vast amount of personal information that the Canadian government or other governments hold.

Photograph by Jake Wright, The Hill Times
Human Resources Minister Diane Finley. Her department has lost a portable hard drive containing the personal information of an estimated 583,000 people who received Canada Student Loans between 2000 and 2006, including names, birthdates, loan balances and social insurance numbers. Human Resources Canada now faces four multi-million-dollar class-action lawsuits.

 

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Privacy breaches underline weak, secretive federal data protection laws

Human Resources Canada’s loss of a hard drive with personal information of some 583,000 also raises questions about how much do we really know about the vast amount of personal information that the Canadian government or other governments hold.

Photograph by Jake Wright, The Hill Times
Human Resources Minister Diane Finley. Her department has lost a portable hard drive containing the personal information of an estimated 583,000 people who received Canada Student Loans between 2000 and 2006, including names, birthdates, loan balances and social insurance numbers. Human Resources Canada now faces four multi-million-dollar class-action lawsuits.

 

  

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Monday, September 1, 2014
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Remembering Devon Jacobs Aug. 19, 2014

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Devon Jacobs, right, with Monte Solberg and Jim Armour at the 2012 Manning Networking Conference.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Devon Jacobs with Liberal MP Scott Simms.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Devon Jacobs with former colleague Jim Patrick, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau and Liberal MP Mauril Belanger at the 2013 all-party party.

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Devon Jacobs, centre, with Conservative MPs (from left) Susan Truppe, Colin Carrie, Ted Opitz, Lynne Yelich and Eve Adams.

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