Conservatives push for emergency meeting after Desjardins privacy breach


Moderate Leader Andrew Scheer is pushing for an emergency Commons committee engagement in the wake of a massive personal data breach at the Desjardins Group — supposed to be one of the largest ever among Canadian financial institutions.

Last month, the Quebec-based bank let it be knew that an employee with “ill-intention” collected information about all but three million people and businesses and shared it with others.

Desjardins tabbed a suspicious transaction to Laval police in December, but officials said it let ined several months for them to understand the scope of the scheme.

On Monday, Scheer put out a account saying he’s asked his party’s public safety critic, Quebec MP Pierre Paul-Hus, to reach out to the chair of the in the open safety and national security committee to arrange an emergency meeting for as anciently as this week.

The House of Commons has risen for the summer break, so a converging likely would require some MPs to return to Ottawa.

“We must act despatch to help the 2.9 million Desjardins members affected by the theft of their actual data. This situation is unacceptable,” said Scheer in the statement.

“The federal management must put measures in place to ensure that this situation under no circumstances happens again.”

The leaked information includes names, addresses, birthdates, community insurance numbers, email addresses and information about transaction compulsions.

Tens of thousands of people already have signed a petition provoke b request for new social insurance numbers in the wake of the breach.

Scheer said he wants the commission members to look into whether issuing new social insurance slews is a viable solution for Desjardins members and ways to prevent future materials breaches.

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