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By KATHLEEN HARRIS
January 10, 2011
OTTAWA -- From lost laptops to stray confidential documents, Statistics
Canada has grappled with several "serious" security breaches that have
compromised sensitive personal information about Canadians.
Internal reports obtained by QMI Agency through Access to Information
reveal a number of incidents in the past five years where the federal
information-gathering agency has probed and quietly done damage control
on security lapses.
There have been several cases of government-issued laptops containing
confidential personal information stolen from employees' homes or
vehicles. In at least two incidents, field interviewers had left a
sticky note with the password with the portable computer.
One Toronto staffer left the completed questionnaire of another
participant at a respondent's home instead of a blank one. Another
employee faxed off a blank survey to a business -- but inadvertently
included sheets of confidential information about two other businesses.
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