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OIPC: Do Not Shred Files

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April 22, 2011

Ontario Information and Privacy Commissioner Ann Cavoukian is speaking out against a Toronto-based law firm's recommendation that Ontario hospitals "cleanse" their files of "anything that might embarrass them before the public gets the right in January to ask for the information," the London Free Press reports. "I was astounded at the language. Just using the word 'cleansing' is highly inappropriate. It suggests shredding, eliminating, hiding--getting rid of material before the end of the year," Cavoukian said. Ontario Health Minister Deb Matthews also spoke out against any action contrary to the "spirit of the legislation," the report states.
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