Health Minister Dismisses Privacy Concerns in New Legislation
HEALTHCARE PRIVACYApril 30, 2010
British Columbia Health Minister Kevin Falcon has dismissed privacy concerns raised by Acting Information and Privacy Commissioner Paul Fraser about changes to the province's health laws, The Tyee reports. Fraser has recommended that amendments to the Ministry of Health Act, Public Health Act and Health Authorities Act dealing with the management of personal information not move forward "so that the serious privacy concerns raised by the proposed data sharing are properly and completely canvassed before any further legislative proposals are introduced." Falcon, however, has said the legislation will move ahead without changes, the report states. "In this case," the health minister said, "we just fundamentally disagree with the privacy commissioner."