Class Action Launched in Ontario Regarding Missing Elections Ontario USB Keys Affecting the Privacy of Over One Millions Voters

TORONTO, July 20, 2012 /CNW/ - A province-wide class action was launched today against Elections Ontario regarding the loss of personal information of as many as 2.4 million Ontario voters, contained on two USB keys lost by Elections Ontario officials in April, 2012.

"One of the most serious concerns about this situation is the fact that Ontario Elections admits that the two lost USB keys were not encrypted or password-protected, and contain personal information regarding voters in more than 20 ridings across Ontario" said Steve Osborne of Merchant Law Group LLP, who filed a class action lawsuit with the Ontario Superior Court of Justice earlier today.  "There is a substantial risk that the personal information of millions of voters could be used for identify theft or other frauds if these USB keys have fallen into the wrong hands."

The lawsuit seeks, amongst other things, financial compensation for any individuals whose personal information has been lost as a result of this occurrence.

Merchant Law Group LLP has twelve offices across Canada, from Montreal to Victoria. Merchant Law Group LLP is well known for their involvement in mass tort and class action cases in Canada, which include lawsuits involving Kinross Gold Corp., Winners, Residential Schools, Cellular System Access Fees, Hollinger, and Maple Leaf Foods.

SOURCE Merchant Law Group

For further information:

Anyone who believes they may be eligible to participate in this class action should provide their contact information online at  Steve Osborne ( and other lawyers from Merchant Law Group can also be contacted at (289) 398-7777.


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