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Commissioner Recommends Charges Against Doctor

DATA PROTECTION—CANADA

July 21, 2011

Saskatchewan Information and Privacy Commissioner Gary Dickson has released a report that includes 11 recommendations in response to the discovery of patient health records found in a dumpster earlier this year. Dickson has named a doctor as a "trustee responsible for the records" and has recommended that legal action be taken against the individual and clinic for violation of the Health Information Protection Act, The StarPhoenix reports. "This is without question the largest breach of patient privacy that our office has encountered in eight years since the Health Information Protection Act was enacted," Dickson wrote in the report. If convicted, the doctor could face up to a $500,000 fine.
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