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OIPC: Ontario's PHIPA a Blueprint for Change

PRIVACY LAW

November 12, 2010

A recent editorial in the Canadian Medical Association Journal calls for improvements to the federal Privacy Act in the wake of a scandal involving the sensitive medical records of a veteran and urges the government to look at other nations' laws for guidance, the CBC reports. But Ontario's information and privacy commissioner says it need not look that far. Commissioner Ann Cavoukian says Ontario's Personal Health Information Protection Act (PHIPA) has already served as a model in other Canadian jurisdictions and could serve as a blueprint for improving the federal law.
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