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Researcher Suing BC Over Breach Handling

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY

May 10, 2013

Researcher William Warburton is suing British Columbia and Health Minister Margaret MacDiarmid for defamation, according to CBC News. Warburton was hired to study “the effects of atypical anti-psychotic medications on patient outcomes.” During this research, the BC Ministry of Health says information on at least 38,486 residents was improperly shared by researchers in both October 2010 and June 2012. Warburton alleges he was defamed by the province both in statements made after the data breach and in reputational damage suffered due to the termination of his contract.
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