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Settlement Proposed in Health Region Breach

PRIVACY LAW

June 1, 2012

The Toronto Star reports on a proposed settlement in a class-action lawsuit against Durham Region Health. The suit was filed in April 2011 after one of the region's nurses lost a thumb drive containing the personal information of nearly 84,000 people. It claims the region was negligent, breached its fiduciary duty and violated patients' privacy as well as the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Pending a judge's approval, the region will pay $500,000, which amounts to at least $5.99 for each patient's lost data. The settlement allows victims to file compensation claims while also allowing the region to take steps to "mitigate the harm" first.
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