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Privacy Breach Class-Actions on the Rise

PRIVACY LAW

December 23, 2011

Alex Cameron and Sebastien Kwidzinski of the law firm Fasken Martineau analyze the rise of class-action litigation connected with incidents of alleged privacy breaches in Canada. The bulletin focuses mainly on Rowlands v. Durham Region Health, a case involving a lost USB thumb drive containing sensitive health information of approximately 83,500 patients. The class-action lawsuit, citing negligence and breach of statutory duty of data protection, seeks $40 million in damages. "While the merits of the lawsuit have yet to be determined," they write, "the case has potentially wide ranging implications for healthcare providers--and many other organizations that hold personal information subject to privacy laws."
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