Two separate investigations are underway, after yet another data breach by the provincial government.
Minister of Technology Amrik Virk says an unencrypted hard drive from the ministry of education carrying the personal information of 3.4 million students has gone missing.
Most of the information is not high risk — just names and grades of students between 1986 and 2009.
But for 200 students in 2008, it involves sensitive data: Their care status, substance abuse information, mental health issues and psychological assessments.
Virk says he has ordered a review of core government with respect to how it handles information.
He adds the privacy commissioner has been notified, and is conducting her own review.
BCTF weighs calls breach ‘serious’
Jim Iker, the president of the BC Teachers Federation, has put out a statement.
“This is a serious breach of security with enormous potential to violate the privacy of hundreds of thousands of British Columbians—teachers, parents, students, and children-in-care as well as other vulnerable youth.”
He says the government needs to go all-out to find the missing hard drive.