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Answers, Class-Action Sought in Medical Marihuana Breach

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November 27, 2013

MP Hedy Fry is urging Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart to determine why Health Canada exposed 40,000 medical marihuana users, Ottawa Citizen reports. In her letter to Stoddart, Fry suggests “cost-cutting might be one reason why Health Canada sent the form letters to its registered users by regular mail instead using the usual method of private special delivery mail,” the report states. Meanwhile, a proposed class-action suit has been filed against the government in the Federal Court of Canada. "This privacy breach … not only compromises the confidentiality of participants' personal and health information, but it also compromises participants' physical safety and security," said Kate Saunders of Branch MacMaster LLP, the firm representing the plaintiff.
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