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BC Health Authority Again Criticized for Privacy Lapse

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—CANADA

March 8, 2010

Privacy Commissioner Paul Fraser believes Vancouver Coastal Health Authority did not consider privacy concerns when it launched a database of personal health information that was accessible to about 4,000 users, including nonprofit agencies and other public entities, CBC News reports. Fraser's report supports the findings of BC's auditor general regarding the health authority's handling of its Primary Access Regional Information System (PARIS) database, which contains such information as patient finances, social insurance numbers and diagnoses. Fraser stressed that other health authorities need to "learn from the mistakes identified in this investigation by ensuring that privacy is not added on at the end, but baked into the entire functional design."
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