(Canadian Press Broadcast Wire (Canada) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) OTTAWA - The federal government is offering free credit and identify-theft protection to anyone whose private data was on a portable hard drive that disappeared from a government office.
Human Resources and Skills Development Canada has arranged with the Equifax credit bureau to provide credit and identity protection services to those affected for a period of up to six years.
A hard drive containing personal information on approximately 583,000 individuals who were Canada Student Loans clients from 2000 to 2006 is missing from a department office in Gatineau, Que.
The department says there's no evidence that the information has been accessed or use for fraudulent purposes.
It says people whose information was on the drive should contact the department call centre.
They will have to agree that their information can be given to Equifax.
(The Canadian Press)
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