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Researchers: Ban on Breached Data Excessive

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY

September 14, 2012

The Vancouver Sun reports on last week’s health data breach in Victoria. BC Information and Privacy Commissioner Elizabeth Denham had warned previously that Bill 35—which made the data easier for researchers to access—went too far, but the bill passed anyway, the report states. The government’s subsequent freeze on access to the data following the breach could harm future research, warns the director of the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS. “This is like saying because people speed on the highways, we close the highways,” he said. Likewise, the co-director of the Therapeutics Initiatives at the University of British Columbia says the freeze has gone on for too long.
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