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Privacy Director Eliminated, Commissioner Concerned

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY

April 13, 2012

Saskatchewan Information and Privacy Commissioner Gary Dickson is concerned with a recent change at Saskatoon Health Region, The StarPhoenix reports. The organization has eliminated its director of privacy and compliance, who reported to a superior one step away from the CEO. The model was an excellent one for other organizations to follow, Dickson said, adding, it's important to have privacy officers reporting to top-level officials because, otherwise, "sometimes the advice that needs to get to the people ultimately responsible for an organization tend to get filtered out, diluted or just aren't clearly presented." Editor's note: To see where the majority of privacy management functions reside in relation to the organization's top management, view the IAPP 2012 Privacy Professionals Role, Function and Salary Survey. (IAPP member login required.)
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