Elections Ontario boosts safety after voters' info goes missing

Citizens arrive at an Ontario provincial election polling station within Ottawa City Hall. Thursday...

Citizens arrive at an Ontario provincial election polling station within Ottawa City Hall. Thursday October 6,2011. (ERROL McGIHON/QMI Agency)

Antonella Artuso, Queen's Park Bureau Chief

, Last Updated: 4:30 PM ET

TORONTO - A privacy breach at Elections Ontario affecting potentially four million voters has led to enhanced staff training programs, a report says.

An investigation failed to turn up two missing unencrypted USB drives that contained information on voters in up to 49 electoral districts.

A report into the privacy breach says there is no evidence that electors' personal information has been improperly accessed, but police are still investigating.

The USB drives, which had been left unattended, contained the voters' full names, gender, birth dates and addressed, and possibly whether that person had voted in the October 2011 general election.

The drives were discovered missing on April 26 of this year but the public wasn't told until July 17.

The chief electoral officer's report says that the organization has adopted or is in the progress of implementing recommendations by privacy experts, including a corporate-wide privacy training program and the appointment of a chief privacy officer.


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