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83,000 Toronto Health users PHI exposed…

January 14, 2010 Leave a comment

Today it was announced that the personal information of 83,000 users of the Durham health systems became exposed when an unprotected USB stick containing their information was “lost”.

Not too uncommon you might think, but in this case, Ann Cavoukian, the Ontario privacy commissioner (who I had the pleasure of speaking with last year at than annual Privacy-By-Design conference), stepped in, demanding that they

“immediately implement procedures to ensure that any personal health information stored on any mobile devices [laptops, memory sticks, etc] is strongly encrypted.”

CBC news further reported that Commissioner Cavoukian expected every health authority in her province to follow suit.

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