Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Personal Information on 86 Albertans Getting Social Support Lost for 24 Hours

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Personal Information on 86 Albertans Getting Social Support Lost for 24 Hours

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Info on people getting services lost for 24 hours

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EDMONTON - Alberta Human Services says personal information of 86 people getting income support was unaccountable for a 24-hour period.

The department says it is contacting the affected people and the Information and Privacy Commissioner has been consulted and agrees with this approach.

It says a group of new Alberta Supports staff being trained was given snapshots of client information databases on USB sticks that included names, contact information, birth dates, social insurance numbers, banking and financial information.

All USB sticks were in the possession of current government staff, with one exception, and that was with a former staff member.

It was located and returned the next day and now all 79 USB sticks have been accounted for and information has been deleted. …

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