B.C. Liberal Citizens’ Services Minister Amrik Virk confessed that government lost an unencrypted hard drive that contains more than three million personal student records, and thousands of other personal records. The drive contained personal information collected from 1986-2009 and includes names, addresses, personal education numbers, school locations, as well as more sensitive personal information like information on special needs designations, health records, and behavioral histories. The Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner has been asked to investigate this privacy breach.
The province has admitted the unencrypted hard drive had been stored in a warehouse since 2011 and the missing records stored on it represent the most data government has ever lost.
“Christy Clark just isn’t there for British Columbians,” said Rob Fleming, New Democrat spokesperson for Education. “Teachers and students have had a rough start to this year’s school year because of problems with MyEd BC, and now they have this unprecedented privacy breach to worry about.”
Routley said the B.C. Liberals need to be up front with British Columbians about what other sensitive personal records are sitting unprotected in a warehouse somewhere, and they need to assure the public that their private information will be protected going forward.