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Commissioner: Ministry Investigation a High Priority

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY

December 14, 2012

BC Information and Privacy Commissioner Elizabeth Denham says her review of alleged privacy breaches in the Health Ministry’s pharmaceutical services division is a “high priority,” The Victoria Times Colonist reports. Denham aims to complete the investigation by January’s end and will make the findings public. “It’s a complex investigation. It’s a reminder that the government collects and uses a large amount of sensitive personal information of British Columbians, and the government is a steward of this information,” Denham says, adding that “personal health information is never just data,” but is often very sensitive information, and when it’s mistreated or lost, “the impact on the individuals is very real.”
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