Police recover disk at centre of ID theft flap

Thursday, 13 February 2003, 5:43 AM EST

A hard drive that contained confidential details about hundreds of thousands of insurance company clients has been recovered by Canadian police.

The paperback-sized 30-gigabyte (Western Digital Caviar 307AA) drive, which went missing from the supposedly secure facility of ISM Canada, an IBM subsidiary on January 16, was found with the data it contained overwritten early last week.

Police believe an employee of Regina, Saskatchewan ISM Canada stole the drive for personal use, according to reports by local paper The Regina Leader-Post.

A 41-year old (unnamed) man is due to appear in court charged with possession of stolen property in connection with the alleged offence. Other charges may follow.

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