Two people have been arrested in connection with a massive leak of personal information at Quebec’s revenue agency.
The Sûreté du Québec say officers arrested a 39-year-old woman and a 46-year-old man from Quebec City on Wednesday morning. They are expected to meet with investigators.
The breach affects 23,000 current and former employees, according to police. An investigation was launched on July 25 after the leak was discovered by Revenu Québec.
Revenu Québec said in a statement issued on Wednesday that an internal investigation showed a staff member transferred the personal information outside the agency. The organization says it doesn’t appear the data was used for malicious purposes.
“However, because of the breach of confidentiality with respect to personal data of employees, Revenu Québec immediately filed a complaint with the Sûreté du Québec,” the agency said.
The employee at the centre of the leak was relieved of their duties, according to Revenu Québec.
The agency says those affected by the leak will be contacted in the coming days.
— With files from the Canadian Press
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