The personal data of 3.4 million Ontarians has been exposed in a data breach at the Better Outcomes Registry and Network (BORN).

BORN is a provincial agency that collects and stores data on pregnant people, newborns, and children up to the age of 20.

The breach was discovered in May 2023, and BORN has since notified affected individuals and is working with law enforcement to investigate the incident. The exposed date include:

  • Full name
  • Home address
  • Postal code
  • Date of birth
  • Health card number

Depending on the type of care received by BORN, the additional data below may have been exposed as well:

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  • Dates of service/care,
  • Lab test results,
  • Pregnancy risk factors,
  • Type of birth,
  • Procedures,
  • Pregnancy and birth outcomes

“The personal health information that was copied was collected from a large network of mostly Ontario health care facilities and providers regarding fertility, pregnancy, newborn and child health care offered between January 2010 and May 2023,” BORN said.

The statement said there was no evidence that any of the copied data was being misused. BORN is currently monitoring the internet, including the dark web.

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