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Case of Medical Data at U.S. Border Prompts Calls for Investigation

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY

December 13, 2013

Ontario Information and Privacy Commissioner Ann Cavoukian says she will get to the bottom of how a Toronto woman’s personal data reached U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), resulting in the denial of entry to the U.S., SC Magazine reports. Cavoukian plans to form a committee to “ensure it is not the default position that information like calls for medical assistance reach the hands of the RCMP.” Privacy expert David Fraser suggests the issues may stem from “incredibly wide latitude” law enforcement agencies have in sharing such data with foreign authorities. Cavoukian “is working with mental health and civil rights advocates to recommend changes to the health information entered and retained in a national police database,” CMAJ reports.
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