The Privacy Breach
Living Realty Inc. is a real estate brokerage dealing in residential, commercial, industrial and investment properties serving the Greater Metropolitan Toronto market and Pickering to Kitchener – Waterloo markets since 1980. It has offices across Ontario manned by sales representatives (real estate agents) who represent people interested in buying or selling a property.
In January, 2021 Living Realty Inc. started to notify clients directly by email of a privacy breach it discovered on or about November 16, 2020. According to the notification letter, its data servers and systems were breached by an attacker who gained access into its systems. For a link to the notification letter click here.
According to the notification letter, the hackers were able to gain access to client personal information, including (if applicable): agreements of purchase and sale, listing agreements, FINTRAC forms, mortgage approvals, copies of cheques and /or bank drafts, invoices, driver’s license, passport, social insurance number, and property address.
Not every item may apply to you and in most cases (according to the notice letter) it was a limited combination of one or more of the documents on Living Realty’s system, as set out in the notice letter
What Should You Do?
Protect yourself against title fraud and real estate fraud. Please see the link to the Canadian Bankers Association web page “How to protect yourself from title fraud” here and to the Ontario Service Ontario Victims of real estate fraud web page here.
The site is not designed to answer questions about your individual situation or entitlement. Do not rely upon the information provided on this website as legal advice in respect of your individual situation nor use it as a substitute for individual legal advice.
The information collected about potential class members will assist counsel in prosecuting the class action and assessing what damages were suffered by the class as a whole. Providing the information requested does not make you the client of Charney Lawyers. The court will ultimately decide who will be included as a class member.
This website will be updated from time to time to provide potential class members with information as it becomes available.