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$40 Million Class-Action Suit Sought in Durham

DATA LOSS

July 1, 2011

SC Magazine reports on a $40 million class-action suit that has been filed against the Durham Region over the loss of an unencrypted USB flash drive. The drive contained personal information of nearly 84,000 people who had been vaccinated against the H1N1 flu virus during a two-month span in 2009. The suit claims that the region was negligent, breached its fiduciary duty and violated patients' privacy and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, according to the report. The drive--which contained names, addresses, phone numbers, birth dates, health card numbers, primary care physician names and other personal health information--was lost in the parking lot of the regional headquarters by a public health worker.

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