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NS Officer Ponders Potential Review

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January 17, 2011

Nova Scotia's privacy review officer will decide this week whether to launch an investigation into an alleged breach of confidentiality at the Workers' Compensation Board (WCB), The Chronicle Herald reports. The board allegedly mailed the personal information of one person--including social insurance number, birth date, address, phone number and medical record--to someone else. Privacy officer Dulcie McCallum said, "This is an important issue...This is people's personal health information." The WCB says that the information was not disclosed to anyone, according to the report, and a spokeswoman for the board welcomed a possible inquiry, saying, "We'll work with them to give them whatever they need."
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