Online Driver’s Licence Address Change Information Comprimised

Update:

The government says more than 260,000 Driver’s Licence Address-Change online transactions were done using the service during the past fiscal year

Here is a snapshot of the Ontario Government website that is used to change residential addresses for your Ontario Driver’s Licence, Vehicle Registration, Health Card and Outdoors Card.

Change your address for your Ontario Driver’s Licence, Vehicle Registration, Health Card and Outdoors Card quickly and easily in one secure, simple transaction. There is no cost for this service, and after you finish changing your address online, the information will be updated immediately.

You’ll need to get several pieces of information ready. Click on the links to learn more about these requirements, which are in place to safeguard your privacy and protect personal information. Once you are ready, start by clicking the ‘Do It Online Now’ button below. If using a public computer, do not leave it unattended while completing the application. Always clear your browser’s cache and close down your browser upon completion.

The government says more than 260,000 driver’s licence address-change transactions were done using the service during the past fiscal year.

A story by CBC story has exposed the weakness of this website and that the private, personal and confidential information asked for by the website, may have been compromised (identity theft and identity fraud).

An NDP critic is blasting the Ontario government after it revealed there was a possible case of identity theft linked to its driver’s licence address change website.

Apparently the McGuinty Government is taking this seriously, as they issued a news release on Saturday, informing the public that it had “temporarily disabled the online address change function and has launched an investigation.”

NDP justice critic Peter Kormos says the information would have been safer with human civil servants.

“They’ve set up millions of people for identity theft and identity fraud,” he said.

“It’s not enough now simply to say we’re going to fix it, it’s important now for the Liberal government to determine how many people have been exposed and to ensure that those people who have been exposed have not had their identities corrupted.”

At least one person affected in the Niagara region has contacted him, and Kormos says there could be more cases across the province.

The Online Drivers Licence Address Change service lets people notify the government of address changes for their driver’s licence, health card and outdoors card.

The government says more than 260,000 driver’s licence address-change transactions were done using the service during the past fiscal year.

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