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Federal agencies report record number of data breaches to watchdog

Feds must put more rigorous safeguards in place to protect personal data, says watchdog


 

OTTAWA – The federal privacy watchdog says departments and agencies must put more rigorous safeguards in place to protect personal information.

In his annual report tabled today, privacy commissioner Daniel Therrien highlights a record-high number of federal government data breaches reported to his office.

He says while many institutions have made strides, there is still much room for improvement — particularly with use of portable memory sticks.

Federal institutions reported 256 data breaches in 2014-2015, up from 228 the year before.

As in previous years, the leading cause of breaches was accidental disclosure, a risk Therrien says can often be lessened through proper procedures.

Last year marked the first time institutions were required to report data breaches to the privacy commissioner.


 

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