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In early November 2012 it was realized that an external hard drive containing the names, social insurance numbers, dates of birth, addresses and other information of 583,000 Canadians who had applied for student loan between the years 2000-2006 was missing.
This was not reported to the police, according to some reports, for a month. It was not reported to the public until more than two months later, on January 11, 2013. Additionally, when it was reported to the public it was done in a press release on a Friday afternoon, a time where many media outlets and Canadians tend not to notice such releases.
A temporary contact centre was opened to field calls from victims; this is a good thing. However, although the centre is supposed to provide information, the contract employees who are answering the phones have simply been reading callers a scripted apology and informing us that we will soon receive a letter containing more information. To date many Canadians are still not aware this breach took place, and even those who have confirmed via the call centre that they have been affected have yet to receive HRSDC's letter.
HRSDC has failed to take action to deal with this breach and to help those affected protect themselves. Through their inaction and their confusing and misleading press releases, they have proven to Canadians that the federal government is not serious about upholding its own privacy laws or about protecting its citizens when their safety and financial security is threatened due to the government’s own negligence.
As current and former students affected by this privacy breach we have come together to help ourselves and others, to counter the government’s misinformation, and for compensation for our current and future out of pocket expenses.
Join us in our fight to hold the government accountable.