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OPC To Audit Veterans Affairs

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—CANADA

September 29, 2010

Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart will audit the department of veterans affairs, the Toronto Sun reports. Allegations emerged last week that government officials had inappropriately accessed and shared the healthcare records of Canadian Forces veteran Sean Bruyea, and since then another vet--Veterans Ombudsman Col. Pat Stogran--has come forward with similar allegations. Commissioner Stoddart has been investigating the Bruyea allegations for several months. A statement released by her office on Tuesday said that the preliminary findings of that investigation "raised concerns about the possibility of systemic privacy issues," prompting plans for an OPC audit. The audit "will examine the department's policies and practices against federal privacy requirements," according to the statement.
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