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Commissioner: Insurer Collects Too Much PHI

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—CANADA

January 6, 2011

The Regina Leader-Post reports on Saskatchewan Information and Privacy Commissioner Gary Dickson's announcement that SGI, the government auto insurer, "has rejected his authority to investigate the complaints of three individuals injured in accidents over SGI's use of their personal health information." Although the decision has put limits on his investigation, Dickson has said there is clear evidence the insurer is "over collecting" personal health information, the report states, citing one case where a complainant said the company collected information on her daughter and the child's birth father. Dickson wants SGI to revise its procedures and is asking the legislature to amend the province's privacy laws related to the use of health information.
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