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Lost USB Key Class Action

Certification Hearing - March 18 and 19, 2024

The judge has reserved her decision on whether to certify this action as a class action.  The decision is expected to be released in June or July 2024.

February 1, 2013 - Class Action Launched

A class action has been commenced against the Government of Canada for losing the confidential personal information of 5000 applicants for Canada Pension Plan disability benefits, old age security benefits, employment insurance, child care tax credits and other benefits.

The Charney Group, along with the law firms of Sutts, Strosberg LLP Branch MacMaster LLP, and Bob Buckingham Law, have commenced a national class action on behalf of all persons whose private information was lost by the Government due to this incident. 

Affected people may be entitled to compensation for the breach of their privacy, damages for identity theft and/or damages to their credit reputation, damages for the costs incurred to prevent identity theft, damages for the time spent changing your personal information, damages for emotional distress/inconvenience, and/or compensation for out of pocket expenses. 

A class action will allow everyone who has sustained damages to band together in one lawsuit across Canada against the Government of Canada.

February 25, 2013 - The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada has expanded the scope of its investigation into the loss of a USB storage device to include the Department of Justice Canada.  The Privacy Commissioner has found that a Justice Canada employees may have been involved in the loss of the device.

Click here for a copy of a letter from the Privacy Commissioner.


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.