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Opinion: Breaches Are Serious Crimes

PRIVACY

October 1, 2010

The Star Phoenix reports that the biggest threat to personal medical information isn't coming from hackers but "from those within the bureaucracy who access and share these records for personal or political purposes." The solution, the report states, is for governments to treat such breaches as serious crimes. The report suggests that in addressing illegal access, it is irrelevant why the information was breached, quoting Saskatchewan Privacy Commissioner Gary Dickson as stating, "In my experience, it's cold and empty comfort to the violated patient whose information has been collected, used or disclosed unlawfully, to be informed that the perpetrator was not an identity thief."
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