According to a warning received by CBC News, an education department employee’s careless typing resulted in the exposure of the personal information of more than 500 Yukon children.
According to the letter sent to the students who were impacted, “the breach entails a risk of substantial harm to your privacy.” According to the letter, the information contained names, phone numbers, email addresses, dates of birth, and social security numbers.
When a department employee forwarded a spreadsheet with the information of students who applied to a post-secondary grant program to colleagues, they did so with an unidentified person’s email address. According to the letter, the staff made every effort to get in touch with the person, even calling their place of employment.
Fiona, a parent from Whitehorse whose daughter was impacted by the hack, stated, “I find it worrying that someone didn’t double verify this email before they clicked send.” Because her daughter is a juvenile, CBC has agreed to suppress her last name in order to prevent aggravating the privacy violation. A copy of the letter that was sent to Fiona’s daughter was distributed.
According to David McInnis, the agency’s privacy officer, staff members of the education department were eventually able to get in touch with the email recipient. He claimed that an auto-fill glitch caused the recipient to get the email. He said they never opened the email, but they both decided to delete it right away.
In the greatest interest of their fellow Yukoners, the person is cooperating with us and is a citizen of the territory, according to McInnis.
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