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Old January 17, 2013, 06:18 AM
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From the little bit I've been able to gleen from different sources, the use of an external hard drive for this kind of storage is completely contrary to current IT policies which is why all of the other questions (such as why wasn't it encrypted) are moot. The information should never have been put on the external drive in the first place so policies for securing / encrypting the data didn't exist.

The real question that needs to be answered is why the information needed to be put on a HDD in the first place.... was the employee taking work home with him/her? That kind of information would have been accessable on the network and normally stored on their network servers. It's not like it was put on the HDD to migrate it over to a new workplace PC.
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Old January 17, 2013, 01:38 PM
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Well I called them up and looks like my information has been compromised. Apparently they are automatically flagging people's SINs with credit agencies along with the RCMP.

Going to see and probably find out later that the fiancee's info will be compromised too.

Just registered/signed up on that class action lawsuit that's going on and if her info is compromised too I'll have her register too.
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Old January 17, 2013, 03:35 PM
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I received a loan in that time frame and apparently I'm safe. Whew! So relieved.

Maybe this should be in the off-topic area (and perhaps sticky'd) since it's not a rumor??
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Old January 17, 2013, 05:44 PM
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And apparently there is a class action suit now also.
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Old January 17, 2013, 06:15 PM
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And people wonder why i'm so adamant about internet privacy.

You have to examine the danger potential of the worst case scenario, not the best. The world if full of hackers.
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Old January 17, 2013, 09:52 PM
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a jeeze... and I'm only 3 months away from paying off all that beer money.
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