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Brigadoon Software – UVic failed in privacy breach commissioner rules – Stolen Thumbdrive is the culprit

The University of Victoria failed in its legal obligation to protect the privacy of thousands of employees stored on a stolen computer memory card, B.C.’s privacy commissioner has ruled. Information and Privacy Commissioner Elizabeth Denham said when the USB flash drive containing the names, social insurance numbers, and banking information of nearly 12,000 current and former employees was stolen, the information on it was not even encrypted. ”Encryption is the minimum standard for devices like laptops and USB drives,” Denham said in a statement issued on Thursday morning. ”What is very unfortunate is that this privacy breach was both foreseeable and preventable. Instead of a simple theft of a mobile device, the incident resulted in enormous costs and stress for those affected and for the University,” said Denham. Read the whole story here: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/story/2012/03/29/bc-uvic-identity-theft.html

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