CybersecurityPublished on 20 September 2017 Hansard and Statements by Senator Percy Downe
Hon. Percy E. Downe:
Honourable senators, I have a concern about the security breach of Equifax that we all read about in the media. The breach happened in July. Not only the names and addresses, but most serious, the social insurance numbers of 100,000 Canadians were exposed.
Yesterday, as I’m sure all senators did, I received an email from the company explaining that they would give credit monitoring and identity theft protection for one year, which seems to me to be totally insignificant, given that it was their problem and somebody with a social insurance number can assume someone else’s identity very easily with the additional information of addresses. Since they announced one year, somebody who has the information will obviously wait 13 months now before proceeding.
Is the government considering any legislation to protect consumers in situations like this? I understand the Privacy Commissioner is currently investigating, which I think is a separate issue, but I would like the government to be proactive. I see they are currently proposing legislation, an airline bill of rights and so on, but I think this is even more significant. Would the government consider legislation to protect Canadians not only in this case but in ongoing incidents?