Public safety committee holds emergency session on Desjardins data breach

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Public safety committee holds emergency session on Desjardins data breach

Post by IceCube » Tue Aug 06, 2019 7:00 pm

The Desjardins Group data breach is already under investigation by both the federal and provincial privacy watchdogs, but the House public safety committee may be ready to launch its own probe into the leak, in which an employee allegedly accessed and shared the personal details of more than two million individual clients and over 100,000 businesses.

As CBC News reports, one of the three Conservative MPs who co-signed the request that triggered today’s emergency session: Pierre-Paul Hus, who also serves as his party’s lead public safety critic.

His party is hoping the committee will agree to examine “whether issuing new SIN numbers” — as demanded by thousands of Desjardins clients — “would be feasible,” as well as look into how to prevent such breaches in future.

The meeting is set to get underway at 1 PM EDT, and although it’s currently scheduled to take place in camera, it could be opened to the public if all members agree to do so — which, considering that the chair has allocated five hours for today’s session, may very well happen.

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