Ca: Fifth prosecution under Health Information Act

It never rains, but it pours? Now there’s a second press release from the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Alberta:

An investigation by the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner (OIPC) has resulted in one charge being laid against an individual under the Health Information Act (HIA).

The OIPC conducted an investigation following a report from Alberta Health Services on an incident at its Kaye Edmonton Clinic. Upon completion of the investigation, the OIPC charged the individual with allegedly gaining access to eight individuals’ health information in contravention of HIA.

This is the fifth time a person has been charged under the offence provisions of HIA, and the second time this month. The maximum penalty for an offence is $50,000.

As with the press release I posted earlier today, I can find no previous disclosure or reporting on this breach, and although this press release at least tells us how many patients were affected, it does not explain whether the alleged improprieties were for curiosity/snooping or for intended misuse of the information for some other purpose.

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