Backup drive containing millions of student’s records reported missing

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An investigation has been launched to find a back up hard drive containing more than 3.4 million education records of BC and Yukon students – and ensure the information stays contained.

The drive spanned the years 1986 to 2009, and includes names, postal codes, grades and personal education numbers.

The drive also contains 9,273 personal education numbers connected to kids in the care of Ministry of Children and Family Development before 2006, including information such as health and behaviour issues.

Technology, Innovation and Citizens’ Services Minister Amrik Virk has also ordered the Office of the Chief Information Officer to conduct a full review, in an effort to prevent privacy breach.

He adds that there is no proof the data has been accessed and the risk of fraud or privacy breaches is ‘believed to be low’ because the records don’t contain financial records, social insurance numbers or driver’s license numbers.

British Columbians who may have gone to school during these years, or have children who did, can call Service BC at 1-800-663-7867 to find out if their information is believed to be on the hard drive.

The government advises people to note when they attended K-12 or post-secondary school in BC.