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Pharmacy Apologises for Dumping Records

DATA LOSS—AUSTRALIA

September 19, 2013

Amcal Pharmacy has apologised after the accidental dumping of “hundreds of private medical records, including cancelled and out-of-date prescriptions, at a recycling depot,” The Canberra Times reports. A Territory and Municipal Services (TAMS) officer “who inspected the centre's recycling cage did not find any medication but discovered a box of medical records containing hundreds of private details,” the report states. The pharmacy’s manager has apologised, noting, “It is a genuine error. When my staff were cleaning out the storage, they did not realise that boxes of old records were in there.” The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner is making inquiries, the report states.
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