Ontario's First health privacy order

The Ontario Privacy Commissioner just issued its first decision under the Personal Health Information Protection Act. That act deals with privacy relating to medical records. Seems that actual medical records that were to have been destroyed were used as props in a movie, and were found blowing around the streets of Toronto.

The commissioner was critical of the company that was to shred them, and also the clinic where the records originated.

The decision is a must read for anyone subject to PHIPA. It is also a must read for anyone in the record shredding or recycling business, and indeed any business that disposes of records containing personal information.

One positive aspect is that as soon as the film crew realized what was on the paper, they immediately retrieved them and contacted the recycling company that provided them.

Read the decision

Read a commentary on David Fraser's Canadian Privacy Law Blog

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