09 Jan Alberta Reports a Record High in Privacy Breaches
Alberta, Canada – The Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner (OIPC) recently reported that it had issued decisions on 162 data breaches, which is more than double the number from any previous year.
The privacy breaches were mostly due to hacking, malware, or phishing, but there were also a number of cases which involved the unauthorized sharing of personal information by employees and even companies.
Although attacks have been seen to increase in sophistication, the director of compliance and special investigations with OIPC, Rachel Hayward, said that human error is still a large factor.
It was additionally revealed that in one such case, the personal information of as many as 109,000 Albertans were exposed to an unauthorized third party.
Source: CBC CA