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Four BC Gov’t Employees Fired for Alleged Privacy Breach

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY

September 7, 2012

The government of British Columbia revealed it has suspended all drug-related research and fired four employees accused of breaching privacy, The Vancouver Sun reports. Health Minister Margaret MacDiarmid said she believes individuals went “outside of the rules around taking data and using data with respect to research in the area of drugs.” A $4 million research contract has been suspended to ensure “no health information is being shared inappropriately,” she said, adding, an investigation into the incident is underway. “It is my understanding that it was personal data, that is regarding medications,” she said, noting the ministry has forwarded the information to the privacy commissioner.
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