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Elise Boisjoly
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Elise Boisjoly
2019-07-15 15:13
Thank you.
To answer your first question on new measures, every situation like this gives us the opportunity to review our security and privacy protection measures. All of our colleagues and myself certainly focus on that when there are incidents of this kind. The colleagues who have gone before us spoke a lot about the evolution of cybersecurity. They said that we always have to be ready. We are certainly always focused on that.
My colleague mentioned the Treasury Board, whose mandate includes identity management. They are focusing on ways in which we can better solve the problems associated with digital identity, specifically by conducting pilot projects with the provinces. We participate in those forums, and we are thinking of ways to move the discussion on digital identity forward.
Second, in terms of the number of identity thefts, we have been advised of many in the last 14 or 15 years. Probably millions of people have already been affected and, despite that, the number asking for a new social insurance number remains rather low. So I cannot answer your question, because I am not aware of the future, but I can say that there have been a lot of thefts and that the number seems constant, around 60 per year.
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