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Missing Memory Sticks Prompt OIPC Investigation

DATA LOSS

November 1, 2013

The Toronto Star reports on the loss of data storage sticks containing information on approximately 18,000 Toronto Western Hospital Donald K. Johnson Eye Centre patients. A key ring with the memory sticks went missing in September, the report states, and the incident has prompted both an apology from the centre’s chief doctor and an investigation by Ontario’s Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner (OIPC). The USBs included such information as patient names, addresses, phone numbers and procedure codes, the report states, and despite hospital rules and three OIPC orders, the three USBs were not encrypted.
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