An external hard drive containing the names, Social Insurance Numbers, birthdays and addresses of nearly 600,000 clients of the Canada Student Loans Program has disappeared. Human Resources and Skill Development Canada (HRSDC) announced the privacy breach on January 11th.
The Sheaf reports that the drive contains information on students who took out loans between 2000 and 2006. With the exception of Quebec, Nunavut and the Northwest Territories, students from all provinces and territories in Canada were affected.
The breach is being investigated by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Although there is no reason to believe that the data has been misused, those whose records are missing have been put on high alert.