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Board To Settle Medical Privacy Breach

DATA LOSS—NEW ZEALAND

November 14, 2013

Stuff.co.nz reports that Canterbury District Health Board (DHB) “appears to have reached a deal to avoid legal action over a doctor's 2007 privacy breach,” suggesting this case “could have proved a test case for whether DHBs are vicariously liable for their staff breaching patient confidentiality by accessing electronic records without permission, something virtually untested in New Zealand.” The report cites input from University of Canterbury Prof. Ursula Cheer. Cheer suggests New Zealand’s privacy laws are “quite undeveloped,” the report states, noting “it would be difficult to hold the organisation responsible if it had clear policies, training and procedures in place.”
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