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The author of this blog, David T.S. Fraser, is a Canadian privacy lawyer who practices with the firm of McInnes Cooper. He is the author of the Physicians' Privacy Manual. He has a national and international practice advising corporations and individuals on matters related to Canadian privacy laws.

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Saturday, January 22, 2005

Incident: Identity Theft Concerns Over UNC Lost Hard Drive 

I am no longer suprised when I hear about huge security breaches involving personal information at universities. Now, students and staff at the University of North Carolina are the victims of a lost computer hard drive containing very sensitive personal information:

PRESS RELEASE: Identity Theft Concerns Over UNC Lost Hard Drive:

"More than 15,500 students and staff at the University of Northern Colorado (UNC) may be in jeopardy of identity theft after a university computer hard drive containing confidential personal and financial information was announced to be missing by UNC President Kay Norton on Thursday, Jan.20. As reported by Mike Peters of the Greeley Tribune, the external hard drive contained names, addresses, Social Security numbers, bank account numbers, dates of birth and pay schedules for students and staff dating back to April 1997...."

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1/22/2005 06:57:00 AM  :: (3 comments)  ::  Backlinks
Did you also see today's Washington Post article about SAIC's break-in that has put influential former military and inteligence officials at risk for loss of personal information and social security numbers?

I have a link to the article on my Blog at

Prepaid Legal Services is protecting people in Canada and the US with Identity Theft Shield(TM). Let me know if you'd like to know more about this.

Ken Alston
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