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LifeLabs data breach may impact almost everyone in B.C.

LifeLabs data breach update

New evidence shows 4.7 million people in B.C. may have had their privacy breached following a hack at LifeLabs.

The Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner for B.C. confirmed to CTV News on Friday that "up to five million" British Columbians might be affected. That's almost all of the people who live in the province.

Statistics Canada data from last year indicates there are only 5.071 million residents in B.C.

According to the company's website, one million-plus people use its services, mostly in B.C. and Ontario.
 
A class-action lawsuit has been launched on behalf of potential victims, alleging inadequate security and a delay in informing clients about the hack.

The OIPC was notified by LifeLabs in November, but it took the company six weeks to inform clients.

Anyone concerned about their private information being hacked is asked to contact the LifeLabs hotline at 1-800-431-7206.

– with files from CTV Vancouver



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