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Saskatchewan Commissioner: Consequences Needed

PRIVACY LAW—CANADA

July 5, 2011

Saskatchewan Information and Privacy Commissioner Gary Dickson cited an incident from earlier this year where boxes of patient medical records were disposed of in a dumpster as an example of the need for stricter privacy laws, The StarPhoenix reports. Speaking after the release of his annual report on Monday, Dickson said, "We're not going to have the level of compliance and the pervasiveness of compliant practice that I think Saskatchewan residents are entitled to until there are particularly serious consequences." Investigations are often the result of careless errors or the curiosity of employees who "snoop in somebody else's health records or somebody else's personal information," he said.
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