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The BC Health Ministry has notified 26 people that their data and that of their dependents was inappropriately accessed by an employee of the contractor running its Victoria-based Health Insurance BC office, reports The Victoria Times Colonist. The Maximus Canada employee was fired after an investigation, and while a Ministry spokesman called the risk level “really low,” those affected are being encouraged to sign up for free credit check services. One NDP health critic is questioning the reliability of the company’s data protection practices, and a privacy advocate notes that the incident “highlights the danger of having too much information lying around.”
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