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Ring Agrees with Workers at Iron Ore Co.

EMPLOYEE PRIVACY

January 22, 2010

Union workers at the Iron Ore Company in Newfoundland say the company's demand that certain workers sign over full access to their medical records is an invasion of their privacy, reports the Daily Business Buzz. A company spokesman says it needs the records to assess who is fit for which jobs in order to provide a safe working environment. But the provincial privacy commissioner, Ed Ring, says requesting all medical records is excessive, and if information is required, it should be a minimal amount, only enough to satisfy the company's purpose. "The disclosure of an entire medical record is, in my view, way and beyond what would be considered reasonable," Ring said.
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