Ca: Alberta health board cleared in records breach

The Alberta privacy commissioner’s office has found that the province’s health board had reasonable security measures in place when a virus targeted a computer network in July, potentially affecting the personal health information of thousands of people.

“AHS [Alberta Health Services] had an anti-malware system, firewalls and an intrusion detection system in place. In my opinion, these are reasonable controls to protect health information against malware,” report author Brian Hamilton writes.

“I noted some areas for improvement … but it is important to understand the HIA [Health Information Act] holds custodians to a standard of reasonableness, not perfection.”

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