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Provincial Medical Privacy Laws Lacks Destruction Requirements

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According to an article posted to the website of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation on May 20th, a high level policymaker is claiming that forthcoming regulations related to medical records will enhance patients' privacy for citizens of Newfoundland and Labrador.

The new law, known as the Protection of Personal Health Information Act (PPHI), and which is currently before the house of assembly, will more clearly spell out how medical information can be accessed.

The law does not contain an information destruction requirement. Even though PIPEDA, the country’s national privacy protection law, would require destruction prior to disposal, NAID-Canada will urge inclusion of such a provision in PPHI.

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