‘I have no authority’ to report health data breaches to government or public, privacy commissioner says

On Wednesday, Health Minister Fred Horne revealed that a laptop computer containing unencrypted health information of 620,000 Albertans who visited Medicentres health centres was stolen from a medical clinic last September.

“Currently, there are no provisions under Alberta’s Health Information Act (HIA) requiring a health custodian to report a breach to my Office or notify affected individuals. When we do receive reports of this nature, it is done on a voluntary basis. Decisions about when and if affected individuals will be notified of a breach are the responsibility of the custodian. I have no authority to require custodians to notify affected individuals.”




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