Ca: Commissioner raps health minister for attack on privacy

Andrew MacLeod reports:

Acting information and privacy commissioner Paul Fraser has asked health minister Kevin Falcon to withdraw proposed amendments to health legislation until privacy concerns are fully considered.

“I was taken by surprise to discover these very significant amendments in a miscellaneous bill,” said Fraser in an April 22 letter. Bill 11, the 2010: Miscellaneous Statutes Amendment Act (No. 2), 2010, introduced this week, includes changes to the Ministry of Health Act, Public Health Act and the Health Authorities Act dealing with how personal information is managed.

“The amendments will allow for extensive sharing of personal information across numerous public bodies,” wrote Fraser.

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