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Canadian Information Breach Prompts Strong Reaction

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A television crew in Toronto making a movie about 9/11 Terrorist Attacks tried to replicate the event by spreading office paper throughout the streets of the city. It wasn’t until after it was scattered over several blocks that someone noticed it was confidential personal healthcare documents.

The sensational release not only made headlines, it got the attention of Ontario’s top information protection official Ann Cavoukian, Ph.D. NAIDnews™ readers may recall that Dr. Cavoukian, Ontario’s Information and Privacy Commissioner (IPC), published an article in the journal’s September issue.

Dr. Cavoukian wasted no time contacting NAID-Canada after the initial damage was controlled. The purpose of her call was to seek the association’s advice regarding future requirements for the destruction of medical information.

Under the Personal Health Information Protection Act (PHIPA), the Canadian counterpart to HIPAA, the IPC’s have the authority to take extreme measures to secure patient information. NAID-Canada is actively working with Ontario officials on an ongoing basis as they craft their reaction. NAID-Canada Members should stay close to this story since it will have a dramatic impact on their businesses in the very near future.

NAID and NAID-Canada will have advanced notice of the response the Ontario IPC.