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.
For those interested in the “big picture” of privacy and technology, I’ll be at the PbD conference in Madrid this year, 2nd November, talking about privacy enabling technologies such as data protection, identity protection etc. You can get details about the conference from the PbD website, which is being run just ahead of this years 31st International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy.
Privacy by Design is a concept promoted by Ann Cavoukian, Ph.D, Information & Privacy Commissioner Ontario, Canada which aims to promote the idea of systems and processes built with privacy in mind, rather than retrofitted afterwards. I encourage all readers to browse her site which is quite informative, and gives you perhaps a “bigger picture” view than IT alone.