Data Breach - Argentine Immigration Office
The Government of Canada was notified of a breach of information caused by a data hack to the Argentine Immigration Office (Direccion Nacional de Migraciones) that took place in August, 2020 subsequently resulting in a data theft.
The integrity of a valid Canadian passport has not been compromised by the Argentinian data breach.
This incident may have affected Canadian citizens who entered, were in transit or exited Argentina between January 2014 and April 2020. The breach of information includes surname, given name(s), gender and passport numbers.
Argentine authorities have since opened a criminal investigation and have taken some mitigation measures to ensure that the information cannot be retrieved through internet search engines.
You may continue to use your valid Canadian passport. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), which is responsible for Canada’s passport program, reviewed the incident and determined that the misuse of the stolen data for passport fraud is very unlikely, since the passports remain in clients’ possession.
The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada has been made aware of this incident.
To obtain further information about protecting yourself against identity theft, please visit the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada’s Identity theft and you page.
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