A class action lawsuit over a Canada Student Loans privacy breach has been certified by the Federal Court of Canada, says Newfoundland and Labrador lawyer Bob Buckingham.
Buckingham, based in St. John's, is one of he lead counsels on the national case, which centres on the loss of a hard drive by the federal government. Certification means lawyers can proceed to argue the claim.
“This is a major step forward in the process,” Buckingham said in a news release March 18.
“The legal team will now focus its energies on moving the matter to conclusion as quickly as possible. There is significant interest in this action — more than 24,000 people have viewed my firm’s Facebook page since the decision was issued yesterday,” Buckingham said.
He said the case related to a hard drive lost by Human Resources and Skills Development containing personal information about 583,000 student loan borrowers.
Representative plaintiffs in the national class action are Gaelon Condon, Rebecca Walker and Angela Piggott.
The plaintiffs don’t know the identity of those whose information as lost, Buckingham said. But he said the federal court order allows all potentially affected individuals to participate. Anyone who received a Canada Student Loan between 2000 and 2006 from any province except Quebec or the territories of Nunavut or the Northwest Territories can register as potential claimants at www.studentloansclassaction.com