ICO and OPC launch joint investigation into 23andMe data breach

10/06/2024 | ICO

On Monday, 10 June 2024, the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) and the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) announced that they have launched a joint investigation into the October 2023 data breach at the consumer genetic testing company 23andMe. The key areas that the joint investigation will focus on include the scope of the breach, whether sufficient safeguards were in place, and whether the company's notification procedures were adequate.

While the ICO confirmed the investigation through a press release, Philippe Dufresne, the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, made the announcement during a keynote presentation at the IAPP Canada Privacy Symposium 2024.

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