Top Watchdog to Look Into SIRVA Breach

November 30, 2023

Canada’s top privacy commission has launched their own investigation into the cyberattack on BGRS and SIRVA.
 
CBC News reported that the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada announced that it is investigating both BGRS and SIRVA Canada relating to the breach of data involving military, federal police, and foreign service members relocated by the companies. In a statement, the commissioner’s office said that they will look at “the adequacy of the safeguards” that the companies and the government had in place to protect employees’ personal information and that the Public Services and Procurement Canada and the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat will also be scrutinized under the Privacy Act.
 
“Given the broad scope and potentially sensitive nature of the compromised personal information, I have determined that this breach must be investigated so that we can understand why this happened and what must be done to remedy the situation and prevent such things from happening again,” said the news release from Privacy Commissioner Philippe Dufresne.
 
BGRS has been providing relocation services to the Canadian government since 1995 and manages approximately 20,000 moves each year according to the Department of National Defence.