Organizations should plan for data loss

It’s not enough to rely on employees obeying policies: privacy commissioner
By Uyen Vu
|CHRR, Report on Employment Law|Last Updated: 10/20/2006

They used to make headlines — stories about the personal information of employees or consumers potentially in the wrong hands.

Now, it seems as though these breaches of privacy due to a misplaced laptop or a lost backup tape are so common the public only hears about a fraction of them.

One such story involved the theft of personal information of about 8,000 doctors in Alberta. Their personal records were stolen when an MD Management employee left a laptop unattended in his Jeep while he made a 10-minute stop at a store. Someone broke into the Jeep by unzipping the back passenger-side window of the soft top.