Bob Buckingham, a Newfoundland-based lawyer, has filed a class action lawsuit after the federal agency Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) lost a hard drive containing the personal and financial information of about 583,000 Canada Student Loan borrowers. The loss of the drive could be the largest privacy breach in Canadian history. Buckingham says he believes the number of people affected by the breach could be up to two million.
In an interview with The Varsity this morning, Buckingham said he was seeking a meeting with federal authorities. “Yesterday I sent a letter to the Minister, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner and the superintendent of the RCMP seeking a meeting with them next week to discuss ramifications of this issue,” said Buckingham.
Although details about the meeting and lawsuit were unavailable, Buckingham has called a press conference this afternoon, and said up-to-date information could be found on his website, Facebook and Twitter accounts.
For more on the privacy breach and class action lawsuit, check out Monday’s issue of The Varsity.