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Unencrypted Devices Lost, Records Compromised

DATA LOSS

December 10, 2010

CBC reports on the loss or theft of seven laptops and digital devices in Alberta during the past month that contained unencrypted health, employee and financial information. The devices include a laptop containing medical charts belonging to 2,700 pediatric gastroenterology patients, a digital recorder containing statements about wildlife investigations, a stolen laptop with contact information on junior forest rangers and employee evaluations and another laptop containing mortgage applications and other personal information. "I think that's just utterly irresponsible now in this day and age," Alberta Privacy Commissioner Frank Work said of the incidents. "You have a responsibility to your patients, your clients, your employees to encrypt their information when you're carrying it around with you. And the law says you have to do that."
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