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Commissioner's Office Investigating Veterans Affairs

PRIVACY LAW

November 11, 2011

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner (OPC) says an audit of Veterans Affairs Canada's privacy practices will be released early next year, CBC News reports. The announcement follows complaints from a third veteran, Sylvain Chartrand, that his medical records were accessed 4,000 times in seven years. Veteran Sean Bruyea claimed last year that his records were inappropriately accessed, resulting in some Veterans Affairs officials being reprimanded or suspended and prompting a second veteran to come forward. "We are currently conducting an audit of Veterans Affairs," said OPC spokeswoman Anne-Marie Hayden. "It is examining, at a systemic level, the department's personal information management practices and compliance with federal privacy legislation."

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