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Surrey Schools was recently notified that guard.me, the travel and medical insurance provider to international students currently and previously enrolled with the Surrey Schools International Student Program has experienced a cyber security breach incident.
Students of the Surrey Schools international student program have medical insurance purchased on their behalf to protect against medical expenses incurred while in Canada. Some Surrey Schools staff have had travel medical insurance purchased on their behalf to protect against medical expenses incurred while outside Canada. In both cases, guard.me collects information about individuals for the purposes of providing coverage and processing benefit claims. Personal information that may be impacted by this incident includes identity information, contact information, and other information provided to support submitted claims.
Surrey Schools is following up with its past and present international students and staff to ensure that they are made aware of this incident. Information about this incident is also available at: Notice of Privacy Incident | guard.me. If guard.me has not contacted you about this incident, you may wish to contact them in order to understand if any of your personal information is impacted.
Any time personal information is exposed to potential misuse, it is important that individuals take steps to protect themselves against the risk of financial fraud and identity theft. At this time, we recommend that all affected students take the following steps to protect themselves:
· Protect against the risk of fraud and identify theft by actively monitoring your financial accounts and statements regularly. You should notify your financial institutions and law enforcement authorities immediately of any suspicious activity.
· If you had an online account with guard.me, ensure that you do not use the same login id or password with other online services. If you did, you should change such passwords immediately.
· Contact guard.me about the availability of credit monitoring and other protective services.
· Visit the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre for further information about how to protect yourself. https://www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca/index-eng.htm
This incident has been reported to the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner for British Columbia. If you have questions or concerns about your information or how this incident impacts you, you should contact guard.me directly for more information at https://guard.me/customernotice.php, by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone: 1-888-348-1946 or 1-905-752-6207.
Guard.me notification letter
As we are now at capacity for Semester 2, applications for our mid-year intake closed on September 27. Please see the alert about our September 2022 intake opening on November 15, 2021.
Notice of guard.me insurance privacy incident.
Starting November 15, 2021 we will begin accepting applications for September 2022. Prior to submitting your online application, please familiarize yourself with our application instructions and admission requirements.
In the meantime, applications submitted will have their school marked as 'Unassigned' until we can start placing students.
Please ensure you choose four different school options and we will do our best to accommodate your selection.