In September 2015, the British Columbia Ministry of Education informed us that they were missing an external backup hard disk drive and there was the possibility of a privacy breach. The missing drive contains some personal information of 5,936 Yukon K-12 students, along with the information of 3.4 million B.C. students, processed by the B.C. Ministry of Education from 1986-2009.
The B.C. Ministry of Education processes and stores some Yukon student information as part of our shared education system for curriculum, exams and reporting.
At the time of the breach, we:
In the spring of 2016, B.C. provided us with the data from the missing drive. In the fall of 2016, we completed an analysis of the impact to Yukoners as result of the possible breach.
The risk analysis found that there was:
The analysis concluded that, if unauthorized users were to access the data on the drive, the overall risk to individuals to face harm from this possible breach is low to medium.
At this point:
However, the missing drive has not been located and the drive is unencrypted, so there is still a risk of unauthorized access.
We are now attempting to notify all individuals whose privacy and information may be affected.
The types of personal information on the drive include:
The drive does not contain financial or banking information, Social Insurance Numbers or driver’s license numbers.