Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Privacy Commissioner Seeks Prosecution for Rob Ford Breach

Two hospital employees, who inappropriately accessed former Ontario Mayor Rob Ford's medical records, have been referred by the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner to the Attorney General for prosecution.

If the duo is convicted, this would mark the first successful prosecution under the province’s health privacy law, which came into force more than a decade ago. They could each face fines of up to $50,000.

"The two health professionals who allegedly snooped into former mayor Rob Ford’s medical records [should] face prosecution."
- Brian Beamish, Ontario Privacy Commissioner
The commissioner’s request for action sends a clear message to all health care professionals that it is not acceptable to “rifle through someone’s medical file just because you’re curious,” according to former Privacy Commissioner Ann Cavoukian. Ford’s health records have been breached on four separate occasions in at least three Toronto hospitals since his cancer diagnosis last September.
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Sources:
(a) Ca: Privacy commissioner calls for prosecution over Rob Ford privacy breach - www.DataBreaches.net, 03/25/2015

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