So it has happened again. Another major corporation has had its customers' personal information breached by a cyber security attack.
This time it is Bell Canada and, according to this report of the breach, it has affected "fewer than 100,000" Canadians. [I guess that is better than the company's earlier breach in 2017 which affected 1.9 million customers].
As I have commented time and time again, privacy breaches of an organization's (and this includes public bodies) computers and servers is becoming more and more common. It is not a matter of if it will happen, but when it will happen.
And when it happens, is your organization or public body prepared to deal with the fallout? Do you know what steps you should take to deal with the breach immediately and what your obligations are on breach notification under the applicable privacy legislation? These are matters that can be determined before hand with proper guidance and policies/procedures in place.
Having a privacy breach coach or legal privacy advisor, such as Brownlee LLP, can go a long way in ensuring that your organization or public body is well prepared when it happens to you.
Bell Canada is alerting customers after hackers illegally accessed the information of fewer than 100,000 customers, the telecom giant told CBC News. The breach comes just eight months after 1.9 million customer emails were stolen from Bell's database by an anonymous hacker.