Yukon still waiting for details on B.C. education data breach
Hard drive lost by B.C. government last fall contained thousands of Yukon student files
The Yukon government says it's still waiting for B.C. to provide information on what Yukon student records were compromised in a data breach last fall.
In September, B.C.'s Ministry of Education lost a hard drive with millions of student records, including information on thousands of people who attended school in Yukon from 1986 to 2009. The records included names, dates of birth, and addresses. There was also information on some students' test and exam results.
B.C.'s privacy commissioner issued a report on the data breach Thursday, saying B.C. ministry workers contravened a series of security policy directives and protocols by transferring information from the ministry server onto mobile hard drives, one of which was then lost.
Judy Arnold, Yukon's deputy education minister, also issued a statement Thursday, detailing her department's response to the data breach. She said the department is reviewing a number of its policies, including those that deal with managing breaches of privacy, and sharing information with B.C. The department is also reviewing its own data collection and storage policies.
Arnold also said Yukon is still waiting on details from B.C. about the data breach, including specific information about what Yukon student data was involved. Once that information is received, the department intends to notify people affected, and decide whether new privacy safeguards are needed.
Yukon's Information and Privacy commissioner took aim at the Yukon government on Thursday, saying she didn't know whether the education department was doing anything in response to the data breach.