(Canadian Press Broadcast Wire (Canada) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) OTTAWA - The federal government is facing class-action lawsuits over a massive privacy breach.
Two lawsuits are being filed after Human Resources and Skills Development Canada lost a portable hard drive containing personal information on more than half a million people who took out student loans.
The department said last week the device contained data on 583-thousand Canada Student Loans Program borrowers from 2000 to 2006.
The missing files include names, social insurance numbers, dates of birth, contact information and loan balances of borrowers.
No banking or medical information was on the portable device.
The loss came to light as the department looked into another breach -- a missing U-S-B key containing the personal information of more than 5-thousand Canadians.
(The Canadian Press)
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