Laptops containing sensitive and unencrypted records belonging to about 8,600 Ontario teachers have reportedly been stolen.

CBC News says three laptops containing teachers' names, addresses and social insurance numbers were stolen from the Waterloo, Ont., offices of the Ontario Teachers Insuran­ce Plan on Dec. 3.

Most of the teachers work at elementary schools for the Toronto District School Board, who were informed of the theft last week.

The thieves also broke into a cafeteria cash register in a theft Waterloo Regional Police characterize as a routine “smash and grab.”

This theft comes a month after a health worker in Whitby lost a USB key containing the names and OHIP numbers of 80,000 people in Durham Region.

This prompted Ontario’s privacy commissioner to order government agen­cies to encrypt personal information on devices such as USB keys and laptops.

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