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Medical Records Lost in Two Incidents


November 4, 2011

British Columbia Information and Privacy Commissioner Elizabeth Denham has initiated an investigation into two separate incidents involving compromised government medical records, CBC News reports. In a written statement, Denham said that one incident involves a lost unencrypted laptop that contains personal information of approximately 450 patients of the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority. A second incident involves improper disposal of Ministry of Children and Family Development records, which contained names, addresses, birth dates and client health card numbers, according to the report. Of the incidents, Denham said, "British Columbians have a right to expect that ministries and health authorities will take all reasonable steps to protect their personal information."
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