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Bill 35 Comes Under Scrutiny

PRIVACY LAW

May 4, 2012

The Vancouver Sun reports on a bill introduced last week that intends to make it easier for researchers to access personal health information stored by the provincial government. Former health minister and Liberal MLA Colin Hansen says by giving medical researchers access to the data, Bill 35 will ultimately help cut costs and improve treatment. BC Information and Privacy Commissioner Elizabeth Denham has expressed concern "about the broad and unfocused authority for the minister to collect and share personal health information." Denham also said privacy safeguards and information-sharing limits should have been written into the legislation.
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