Why privacy must be baked into the Internet of Things:

May 30th, 2015: Ann Cavoukian, PhD, is executive director of the Privacy and Big Data Institute at Ryerson University and former three-term information and privacy commissioner of Ontario. Read more



Health insurance companies prime targets for hackers:

May 20th, 2015: Anthem’s recent data breach underscores the need for stronger security and highlights the potential harm that hackers can cause. Read more



White House Hacked by Russian Hackers:

April 8th, 2015: Washington (CNN)Russian hackers behind the damaging cyber intrusion of the State Department in recent months used that perch to penetrate sensitive parts of the White House computer system, according to U.S. officials briefed on the investigation. Read more



CRA blames human error for disclosing confidential tax data to CBC

November 26th, 2014: The tax information contains data about hundreds of Canadians — many of them rich and famous — including their home addresses, CBC reported. Read more



Breached web-cam and baby monitor site flagged by watchdogs


November 20th, 2014: The public is being warned about a website containing thousands of live feeds to baby monitors, stand-alone web-cams and CCTV systems. Read More




Privacy breach at Rouge Valley hospital involves thousands of new mothers


June 03, 2014: Privacy breach at Rouge Valley hospital involves thousands of new mothers as many as 8,300 patients had contact information turned over to private RESP companies by employees, hospital says. Read more




Warning over unintentional file leak from storage sites


May 06, 2014: People using file storage services, such as Dropbox and Box, are being warned that they are at risk of inadvertently leaking their own files. Read more




Target CEO Steinhafel to Step Down Following Data Breach


May 05, 2014: After last year’s hacker attack compromised the personal data of millions of shoppers and added to the retail chain’s woes, the board replaced Steinhafel as chairman and CEO today, saying the time was right for new leadership. Read more




Security breach reported in records of Michigan Long Term Care


Apr 03, 2014: The Michigan Department of Community Health has issued a notice of a security breach in protected health information kept on a laptop computer and flash drive of an employee of the state’s long Term Care Ombudsman’s office. Read more




Lost hard drive with student loan data lacked password protection


Mar 25, 2014: A portable computer hard drive containing the personal information of more than 500,000 student loan recipients was left unsecured for extended periods of time by government employees and was not protected by a password or encryption, Canada’s top privacy watchdog says. Read more




Computers with L.A. County patients' personal data are stolen


Mar 06, 2014: Personal data of as many as 168,500 patients of Los Angeles County medical facilities may have been stolen in a break-in at a county contractor's office last month. Read more




Laptop theft exposes thousands of hospital records


Mar 05, 2014: Medical records for thousands of patients at Etobicoke General Hospital could be in the wrong hands following the theft of a laptop. Read more




Lost USB Drive Exposes Hong Kong Hospital Patients' Data


Feb 27, 2014: Computerworld Hong Kong reports that a pharmacy staff member at Hong Kong's Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) lost a USB drive containing 92 patients' personal data on February 18, 2014, but didn't report the loss to management until three days later, on the 21st. Read more




Data breach at Indiana University may affect 146,000 students


Feb 26, 2014: The personal data of 146,000 students and recent graduates of Indiana University, including their social security numbers and addresses, may have been exposed during a data breach, the university said in a statement. Read more




'Treasure trove' of personal details found


Feb 26, 2014: A "treasure trove" of stolen personal details has been found on sale on black market websites, a security firm says. About 360 million account credentials including email addresses and passwords were reportedly uncovered. Read more




Data breach at University of Maryland exposes 300K records


Feb 19, 2014: School president apologies for a "sophisticated" security breach that exposed the sensitive personal information faculty, staff, and students at the school since 1998. Read more




2013 an epic year for data breaches with over 800 million records lost


Feb 19, 2014: 2013 was a bumper year for data loss dominated by a handful of truly enormous breaches, according to a summary report from threat intelligence consultancy firm Risk Based Security (RBS). Read more




Hundreds of Canadian credit cards hacked by infected terminals, firm warns


Feb 10, 2014: A new strain of computer malware infecting payment card terminals in restaurant and gas station has compromised nearly 700 credit cards in Canada, a computer security firm says. Read more




Barclays faces probe for huge client data loss


Feb 10, 2014: BARCLAYS could be forced to update its data protection and customer security systems after an information breach saw the details of thousands of customers put up for sale. Read more




Coca-Cola laptop theft could have compromised info for 74,000


Jan 24, 2014: Beverage maker Coca-Cola Co on Friday said company laptops had been stolen from its headquarters in Atlanta and could have compromised information of about 74,000 people, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal. Read more




Laptop stolen with health information of 620,000 Albertans


Jan 22, 2014: A laptop with the unencrypted personal health information of 620,000 Albertans was stolen last September, Health Minister Fred Horne announced Wednesday. Read more




Laptop thefts compromise 700,000-plus hospital patient files


Oct 22, 2013: The theft of two laptop computers from a hospital administration office in Alhambra has compromised the health information of 729,000 patients, including their social security numbers, officials said Monday. Read more




SD card containing personal data of more than 18,000 stolen in Peel


Oct 07, 2013: Peel Public Health officials are in touch with more than 18,000 residents after an unencrypted SD card containing personal data was stolen from a staffer’s vehicle. Read more




The city of Wichita website hacked; vendor, employee financial info at risk


Oct 07, 2013: Wichita officials said the financial information of as many as 29,000 current and former employees and vendors who worked with the city may have been compromised after a city website was hacked over the weekend. Read more




CaroMont Health reveals security breach


Oct 04, 2013: An unsecure email sent by a CaroMont Health employee has resulted in a possible security breach involving hundreds of patients’ personal health records. Read more




Adobe in source code and customer data security breach


Oct 04, 2013: Adobe has confirmed that 2.9 million customers have had private information stolen during a "sophisticated" cyber attack on its website. Read more




Student SIN could be on stolen University of Guelph Hard Drives


Feb 13, 2013: A break-and-enter at the University of Guelph has school officials unsure how many students may have had their personal data fall into the wrong hands. Read more




Lawsuit file over missing student loan information


Jan 17, 2013: The agency that oversees the Canada Student Loans Program shocked post-secondary graduates by announcing it had lost SINs, full names, dates of birth, contact information, and loan balances of 583, 000 individuals... Read more




Did the Belgian Raillways (NMBS/SNCB) leak your data?


Jan 2, 2013: As 1.5M records have been exposed, the chances are high that YOU are impacted. Read more




Ontario Privacy Commissioner mentions CryptoMill


July 17, 2012: "Ontario Privacy Commissioner Ann Cavoukian talks about a privacy breach where the personal information of nearly 2 million Ontarians has been compromised..." Follow story




Elections Ontario privacy breach


July 17, 2012: "Elections Ontario warns voters of privacy breach as USBs holding personal data vanish..." Read more