uOttawa launches investigation into missing hard drive containing student information

September 23, 2016

The University of Ottawa has apologized for and launched an investigation into the loss of an external hard drive with the personal information of nearly 900 current and former students. The Ottawa Citizen reports that the drive was used to back up personal information from students who used the school’s Student Academic Success Services office for academic accommodations. The Citizen adds that at this time, the university does not know how the hard drive went missing. “We’re still investigating,” said uOttawa Director of Institutional Communications Patrick Charette. “In the meantime, we fixed the back-up procedure to make sure that we reduce the risk of such a thing happening again. In terms of what happened and how it happened, we’re still assessing.” Ottawa Citizen | CBC