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Nova Scotia Passes Health Privacy Legislation

PRIVACY LAW

December 17, 2010

Lawmakers in Nova Scotia have passed legislation to protect personal health records, the Winnipeg Free Press reports. Journalists have criticized the legislation, saying that it will restrict the work they do and will make reporters vulnerable to its penalties. But NDP Health Minister Maureen MacDonald says the intent of the law is to protect privacy not restrict reporting. "It isn't intended to prevent journalists from doing their work," MacDonald said. Liberal health critic Diana Whalen said she agrees that the wording poses a risk to journalists, the report states, but she voted for the bill despite this because of the importance of protecting health information.
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