Ca: Rulings suggest laws on privacy badly outdated

Rather than pussyfoot around the issue, the provincial government should address the concerns raised by Information and Privacy Commissioner Gary Dickson in the wake of arbitrators reinstating workers in two health regions who’d been fired for breaching the privacy of patient records.

In both cases, the employees worked with medical records, were specifically trained on the Health Information Protection Act (HIPA) and responsible for training other staff in records, were cognizant of privacy policies in their regions and signed confidentiality agreements.

What concerns Mr. Dickson greatly is the attitude behind the arbitration decisions.

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