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Ministry Says Breaches Affected Five Million


January 15, 2013

The Huffington Post reports on breaches affecting five million British Columbians. In the most serious cases, the provincial government will contact those affected by letter, the report states. Health Minister Margaret MacDiarmid has announced three data breaches occurring between October 2010 and June 2012 involving health data saved on USB sticks and shared with researchers without the proper permissions. The USB sticks were not encrypted or password protected, despite ministry policies. “We don’t believe there is a great risk to individuals with this information because there is no evidence at all that the information has been used for anything other than health research,” MacDiarmid said. Editor’s Note: The preconference workshop Surviving a Data Breach in the Digital Age will be part of the Global Privacy Summit in Washington, DC, March 6.
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