Stacee Atkins is not a happy person this week.
She has discovered that she is one of the 583,000 Canada Student Loan borrowers whose name, date of birth and social insurance number, among other personal information, was on a hard drive that went missing in November from a Quebec office.
The external hard drive contained information of borrowers with loans from 2000 to 2006. Letters are being sent out to notify those affected. People with loans from that period can also call in to see if they’re one of the affected.
Atkins, who lives in Salt Springs, said she called and was alarmed to find out her information was potentially in someone else’s hands.
“It makes a person very insecure about their government,” she said.
Even though there wasn’t believed to be any banking information on the drive, she was instructed to call the credit bureau to let them know about it so they could keep an eye out for any suspicious activity.
She said it’s not fair to her that she has to be worrying about this sort of thing now.
“They’re not going to brush this one away. I paid a lot of money paying off that student loan,” she said. “I’m looking for them to do right for me.”
She said she’s heard of a lawyer in Newfoundland who is starting a class action suit for those affected and she plans to put her name on the list.