Friday, August 8, 2014

Insider Privacy Breach on Canada Rx System

There has been a major insider breach of 1,600 patients' information from the prescription system of British Columbia, Canada.

The Canadian Ministry of Health says the breach occurred between March 9th and June 19th, 2014, when someone used a doctor’s PharmaNet account without the doctor’s knowledge. The information accessed included names, dates of birth, addresses, phone numbers, and personal health numbers for all of the affected people. In addition, 34 patients' medication histories were inappropriately accessed.

"If one person can get a doctor’s number and breach security, presumably other people can do it as well. That’s why the systems in place to prevent breaches need to be tight. They need to be implemented and that was not done so we don’t know if this is going to happen again or in fact it may have happened before."
- George Heyman, BC NDP citizens service critic
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Sources:
(a) Privacy breach in BC’s prescription system - www.News1130.com, 07/11/2014 />

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