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Procedures Tightened after Durham Data Breach

DATA LOSS

February 26, 2010

Durham Region is tightening up its procedures and increasing staff training after the loss of a portable computer device holding personal information including names, addresses, phone numbers and dates of birth on 83,524 people immunized at an H1N1 clinic, DurhamRegion.com reports. The security improvements come in the wake of a four-part order issued by Ontario Privacy Commissioner Ann Cavoukian in January requiring Durham to encrypt data on mobile devices such as USB drives and laptops. All health department mobile devices are now encrypted, the report states, and corporate information systems staff will be undergoing mandatory security and privacy training in March.
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