Ca: $2.5-million probe into privacy breach has yet to produce results

Cindy E. Harnett reports:

A year-long investigation into an alleged privacy breach in the Health Ministry has cost about $2.5 million – and has yet to produce a final report for the public or police.

The investigation has been large and complex, says the Health Ministry, and there are costs associated with delving into it and making sure improvements are made “to protect and properly manage British Columbians’ data.”

About $1.5 million of the costs are related to notifying 38,000 B.C. residents that their health data was inappropriately accessed, a ministry release said Thursday. That includes a mail out and setting up and staffing a phone line and call centre.

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