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Commissioner Calls for Stiffer Snooping Penalties

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY

September 21, 2012

Newfoundland and Labrador Privacy Commissioner Ed Ring says more must be done to prevent healthcare employees from snooping on patient files, CBC News reports. Ring’s comments follow a recent privacy breach in Manitoba involving at least eight healthcare employees viewing files they were not authorized to view. The eight were subsequently fired and others disciplined. While Newfoundland and Labrador law provides that offenders of the Health Information Act may be fined up to $10,000 or sentenced to six months in jail, the penalty has never been enforced, the report states.
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