PIPEDA 1 Year On: A 600% Increase in Reported Data Breaches

Since the introduction of PIPEDA (the Personal Information and Electronic Documents Act), a year ago, there has been six times more data breaches reported, compared with the previous year. This equates to 680 breach reports since November 1st, 2018, affecting a total of 28 million individuals.

Under PIPEDA, Canadian businesses are required to declare all security breaches involving personal information that pose a significant harm to individuals. This also involves informing all affected individuals about the breaches, as well as keeping a record of all data breaches that have occurred within the organization.

According to the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (where organizations report the breach), the most common breaches are:

  • Unauthorized access (58%)
  • Loss of paper files, computer or storage drive (12%)
  • Theft of documents, computers and computer components (8%)
  • Accidental disclosure, which includes documents being sent to the wrong individuals, or accidentally left behind (20%)

Interestingly, the latest Quocirca security report shows that even though the majority of organizations are still most concerned about malware attacks, the most likely cause of a breach is accidental actions of internal users. For this reason, organizations invest considerably in enterprise cyber security solutions for the protection of digital data, but overlook the importance of having a print related Data Loss Prevention (DLP) strategy in place to protect their paper-based processes.

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