Confirmation now that B.C. s privacy watchdog is investigating the disappearance of a hard drive with about three million education records of both BC and Yukon students.

The unencrypted drive covers the years 1986 to 2009, and includes names, postal codes, grades and personal education numbers.

BC Government officials say Innovation and Citizens Services Minister Amrik Virk has ordered a major review by the Office of the Chief Information Officer.

Virk says he does not think the drive has been accessed, adding the risk of identity theft is low.

Despite that, Virk is going public on the issue “out of an abundance of caution”.

Officials say the drive also contains nearly 10 thousand personal education numbers linked to children in the care of the Ministry of Children and Family Development before 2006 and 2007.