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IPC Orders Widespread Encryption

DATA PROTECTION

January 15, 2010

Ontario's Information and Privacy Commissioner has ordered provincial health authorities to encrypt all personal health information stored on portable devices such as memory sticks and laptops, reports the CBC. The order follows the IPC's investigation into the loss of an unencrypted USB storage device that contained the sensitive personal information of 83,000 people who attended H1N1 flu clinics in the Durham Health Region last fall. Commissioner Ann Cavoukian warned victims to be on alert for identity theft. The commissioner has also questioned the amount of information collected from those who attended the clinics, saying that minimizing the data collected helps prevent such losses.
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