On November 16, 2012, an employee of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) reported that a USB stick containing the details of 5,000 individuals was missing.
The information contained on the drive included social security numbers and other personal details, but HRSDC hasn’t found any evidence to show that it has been used for fraudulent purposes, The Vancouver Sun informs.
On December 21, HRSDC notified the privacy commissioner’s office. The agency has already been contacted by around 60 individuals who filed complaints.
The commissioner’s office is trying to find out exactly what happened, but it’s uncertain whether they’ll commence a full investigation.
In the meantime, all the affected citizens have been contacted and advised to keep a close eye on their financial statements as a precaution.