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    OTTAWA - A Newfoundland lawyer said he will launch a class action lawsuit on Thursday against the federal government which lost a portable external hard drive containing the personal information of 583,000 Canada Student Loan borrowers.

    The privacy breach, possibly the largest in Canadian history, affected students involved with the student loan program from 2000-2006. The external hard drive went missing on Nov. 5 from a Quebec office.

    Human Resources Minister Diane Finley announced the breach on Friday and said the Royal Canadian Mounted Police were investigating.

    Lawyer Bob Buckingham told Reuters on Wednesday he would be filing with the Federal Court on Thursday.

    ?We are receiving a lot of inquiries and are deep in review of the situation in the hopes of preparing the best case on your behalf,? Buckingham said on his law firm?s Facebook page in a message to people affected.

    Data on the hard drive includes student names, Social Insurance Numbers, dates of birth, contact information and their loan balances, but no banking or medical information.


    The Canada Student Loans Program said there was no evidence at this time that any of the information had been accessed or used for fraudulent purposes, but the incident was being taken very seriously.

    Finley said last week that she had ordered new stricter protocols, including no longer permitting portable hard drives.

    Buckingham did not put a price on the lawsuit.
    Class action over lost student loan data - Canada - Canoe.ca

    So, I am one of the people who's information has been lost (yea me!). My husband thinks this class action lawsuit is basically a money grab by the lawyer that wont get anywhere and even if it does, it would be split so many different ways, it wouldnt amount to much anyways. I really dont know.

    So my question is, would you join the suit? Why or why not. I only have a vague idea of how these things work, so any information would be great.

    For the record, what I would love for them to do is offer me some sort of identity theft insurance for the next ten years or something. I dont want any money out of it because at this point all it is, is a big inconvenience, but who knows what could happen with that info in the future.
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    Having worked for the feds I don't think you will get much from a class action suit, if we were in the States you would but here there are all types of laws preventing large payouts especially for suing the government. I am guessing that the government will offer some kind of compensation. In the mean time I would watch for identity theft. We got lucky and DH's loans did not start until 2009.
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    Yes I would join. IME you just get added to a pool and everyone ends up within something in the end, albeit sometimes minimal.

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    The lawyer(s) could (and likely are) working on a contingency fee basis, so they could take a big chunk of the award, if any, before any of the plaintiffs get paid. The range could be anywhere from 20% to %50, depending on how far the case goes. So yeah, depending on the number of plaintiffs the award could be minimal. Doesn't hurt to talk to the lawyer though, if you're interested in finding out what the claim might be. Also, class actions can drag on for years. We have a huge one at work, worth hundreds of millions, and it's just in the discovery stage now, after years of back and forth in the court.

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    My info was there too. No point in joining the class action I don't think.
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    Is there a disadvantage to joining the lawsuit though? Like if the gov't was to turn around and offer some sort of compensation independent of the lawsuit, would those who had joined have to share that with the lawyer?

    The suit totally seems like a money grab to me, and although I like to think I am not like that, there is a little voice in my head telling me how much it will suck if everyone else gets a big settlement and I get nothing. So someone tell me the disadvantages to this scenario!
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    Is there a disadvantage to joining the lawsuit though? Like if the gov't was to turn around and offer some sort of compensation independent of the lawsuit, would those who had joined have to share that with the lawyer?

    The suit totally seems like a money grab to me, and although I like to think I am not like that, there is a little voice in my head telling me how much it will suck if everyone else gets a big settlement and I get nothing. So someone tell me the disadvantages to this scenario!
    Kyla
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    Besides the fact that more current personal information has to be released in order to join? There is no money to be made except for the lawyers.

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    What blather said. No money to be made in a class action like this one. Wouldn't bother, personally They lost your info once, why give them more?

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    That is a really good point, thanks! I think I will be staying out of this one.
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