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The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) says it is reviewing all information that may have been contained in laptop computers stolen from a Charlottetown office Saturday.
“ACOA is taking this matter very seriously,’’ Cindy Roy, director of communications, informed The Guardian Friday via email.
“We are conducting a thorough investigation to identify and review all information that may have been contained on the laptops. This detail-oriented process is underway and will be concluded as soon as possible.’’
Roy would not detail what information may be on the computers or how sensitive the material might be.
She stresses that ACOA, the federal government agency responsible for helping to build economic capacity in the Atlantic provinces takes every precaution to protect its staff, equipment and client information.
The agency, adds Roy, has security protocols in place.
“All of ACOA’s IT assets (network laptops and desktops) are password protected and comply with the Agency’s IT security policy,’’ she says.
ACOA staff at 100 Sydney St. in Charlottetown discovered the break, enter and theft on Saturday. The office had been “rummaged through’’, according to a report from Charlottetown police.
Four laptop computers are missing.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 902-629-4172 or calling Crime Stoppers at 1-877-222-8477.