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Commissioner Cautions Against Carelessness


January 29, 2010

Saskatchewan Information and Privacy Commissioner Gary Dickson is using a breach of psychiatric records to make a point about data protection. The Leader Post reports that a Weyburn woman recently received the confidential details of a Regional Psychiatric Centre inmate via e-mail. The federal privacy commissioner has opened an investigation. Dickson, whose office is investigating 376 privacy violations at present, is reminding provincial businesses that simple, low-tech solutions can help prevent such incidents, citing one in use by a mental health clinic in northern Saskatchewan. His office has released guidelines intended to help entities prevent data breaches.  
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